FTA at the Conservative Conference 2011

FTA's fringe event in Manchester

"The battle for transport priorities: Balancing affordable fuel, the deficit and the environment"

Transport is central to the economy. It is vital for getting goods and people to shops and workplaces, and it represents a key battleground in the fight against climate change. The Government is facing a key tension between rising global oil prices, climate change targets and the fragile economic recovery. This fringe event is designed to explore how both this and future Governments can:

  • act in a way that helps the poorest in society, who are the first to suffer when petrol and diesel prices rise
  • act in a way that helps business by allowing commerce and, through it, the economy to grow, or
  • focus attention first and foremost on reducing emissions from transport, to tackle the immediate threat of climate change

Date and venue

Join FTA and our eclectic and experienced panel as we seek to answer two key questions: do these goals really need to be seen as mutually exclusive, and how can the Government solve the challenges presented by all three?

Date: Monday 3 October, 12.30pm
Venue: Hallé Room, Bridgewater Hall


  • James Hookham (FTA, Chair)
  • Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP (Minister for Transport)
  • Peter Carroll (Spokesman Fair Fuel UK campaign)
  • Phil Thornton (Clarity Economics)
  • David Scott (Morrisons)

FTA engaging with the Conservatives

In addition to the FTA fringe event, FTA will also be on the panel at two other events across the Transport Hub during the Conservative conference. FTA’s Karen Dee will be chairing an event held by Kapsch TrafficCom on the link between driving and economic health, while FTA’s Managing Director James Hookham will also be appearing at an ACT TravelWise event on the future of sustainable transport.

Alongside panel events, FTA has a series of meetings with prominent Conservative politicians from across the country on a range of campaigning priorities, such as:

  • Steve Baker MP
  • Robert Halfon MP
  • Stuart Andrew MP

We will be firming up further meetings as conference approaches and will be updating this site as they are confirmed.

These events are a key opportunity for FTA to discuss the important issues to logistics with people in a position to make changes. In some cases these are longstanding friends of logistics, and names that regular readers of Freight may well recognise. However, it is just as important to build new alliances on key issues, so finding new MPs and Peers of a like mind to FTA is a key focus at party conference season.

It will be an intense three days of campaigning activity, but one that will help FTA get on the front foot on the key issues that will be concerning our membership over the coming year.