NLGN @ Conservative & Liberal Democrat Spring Conferences, 2003
11 March, 2003

NLGN @Conservatives
in association with Policy Exchange and Localis

Saturday 15 March, 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm
Bramham Room, Harrogate Moat House Hotel, Kings Road, Harrogate

Lunch and refreshments provided. Within secure cordon.

‘Local Leadership, Local Action:
do Britain’s local leaders have enough power to make a difference?’


Steve Norris, Conservative Candidate for London Mayor

Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, Kent CC & Vice-Chairman, LGA

Nicholas Boles, Director, Policy Exchange

Anna Randle, Head of Mayoral Forum, NLGN

In the short space of five years, Britain has seen one Local Government White Paper promise a bigger say and better deal for local people and another offer greater freedoms and flexibilities for local authorities to deliver. But do local leaders really have the room for manoeuvre to respond to the demands of local people? And do they have the power to act in ways that will truly make a difference to the communities they serve?

NLGN @ Liberal Democrats

Saturday 15 March, 6.15pm and 7.30pm
Arlington Room, Toorak Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay

Lunch and refreshments provided.

‘Winning the E-Revolution:
Can Local Government Meet the 2005 Target?’


Ed Davey MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary, ODPM

Dorothy Thornhill, Mayor of Watford

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Group Chair, LGA Executive

Warren Hatter, Head of Research, NLGN

Chair: Cllr Terry James, Leader, Herefordshire County Council

With the 2005 target moving ever nearer, most debate around local e-government is focused on what councils need to do to ensure they make the grade. To do this, local authorities are taking a range of approaches. Some are jumping through the minimum number of hoops to get ‘on target’. Others see IT as providing a wide range of opportunities to rethink established practice. With the jury still out on the best approach, how can councils ‘win the e-revolution’? And what does it all mean for the broader local government modernisation agenda?

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Notes for Editors:
The New Local Government Network is an independent think-tank, seeking to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.