2009-02-28: NPCU at Labour 2.0: campaigning for the net generation conference

We'd like to draw your attention to this conference, at which Andrew Chadwick and Nick Anstead are speaking.

February 28, 2009, 11-5.30 at East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB

in association with

While the real analysis of the reasons for Obama’s victory has yet to be completed, it is obvious that e-campaigning played a major role and that its importance will continue to increase. As the main political parties gear up for the next general election, the focus on internet campaigning will intensify.

To what extent has the Labour party understood the potential of this new campaigning medium?
How can the centre-left use it to mobilise ordinary voters to campaign for progressive causes? 
And what steps need to be taken to pull the party into the ‘net generation’?

We hope to find answers to these questions and more at this special one day conference, which will bring together over 100 members of the left blogosphere, net-savvy Labour parliamentarians, councillors, organisers and others from the Labour movement who have an interest in e-campaigning and using the net to build a better democracy.

Book your place online now



Opening address

Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP

Secretary of State for International Development


Keynote speech

Joe Rospars

New Media Director, Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign


What will the future of internet campaigning look like?

Professor Andrew Chadwick, Director, New Political Communication Unit, Royal Holloway, University of London

Greg Jackson, Tangent

Tom Steinberg, MySociety




Mobilising the centre-left blogging community

Adam Bienkow, Tory Troll

Tom Barry, Boris Watch

Theo Blackwell, blogger and councillor

Alex Smith, writer and political activist (chair)


Fundraising and voter ID online

Gavin Shuker, Political Insight

Jag Singh, MessageSpace


Learning from the private sector

Simon Redfern

Oliver Rickman, Google


Afternoon break


Transforming Labour’s campaigns and communications through new media

Nick Anstead, University of East Anglia

Matthew McGregor, UK MD, Blue State Digital

Sue Macmillan, New Media Campaigns Taskforce Leader, The Labour Party

Paul Simpson, Tangent

Howard Dawber, PPC for Bexleyheath & Crayford (Chair)


Close of conference debate:

Can the centre-left dominate the internet despite being in office?

James Crabtree, Senior Editor, Prospect

Derek Draper, LabourList

Rt Hon David Lammy MP

Tim Montgomerie, ConservativeHome



Book your place online now


East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB


Mark Harrison
Tel: 020 3008 8180
Fax: 020 3008 8181
e-mail: mark@progressives.org.uk