Cabinet members Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman have joined the line-up of politicians, media figures, union activists and campaigners due to address the 2010 Progressive London conference when it takes place later this month.
Progressive London was set up in 2008 by former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone as a “cross-party, multi-community forum” and held its first gathering in last January.
Livingstone has also used the organisation as a platform from which to criticise the policies of successor Boris Johnson.
Confirmed speakers at this year’s conference include writer Johann Hari, Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, 10:10 director Eugenie Harvey, Darren Johnson AM and Diane Abbott MP.
Sessions will include: Investment not cuts; Trident, Afghanistan, Iraq – the cost of war; Challenging Cameron’s media echo chamber; Stopping the BNP – no concessions to the far right; After Copenhagen – turning the tide on climate change; PR – progress through electoral reform?; Young people and the economic crisis; One society, many cultures and Blogging London.
Announcing the addition of Milliband and Harman to the list of speakers, Livingstone said the conference would “aim to develop the alternative to right wing policies and provide a forum for those in the capital who want to stand up for progressive ideas.”