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05 Dec 2023

9:30 am to 5:15 pm

One Great George Street, Great George Street, London, UK

Politics and Society

Public Opinion

2023 has seen a number of historic by-election victories, and continued debate about the chances of the two main parties as we head towards the next general election. Meanwhile, increased levels of public concern around issues including immigration, the environment and the economy has shifted public debate. Join us to hear from a range of expert academics, pollsters and Westminster insiders as we discuss where the public stands on policies and parties, and present new public opinion research on education, ethnic minority voters, Brexit and the cost of living.

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9:30 – 10:45 Welcome/Panel 1: The two main parties

This panel will assess the chances of the Conservative and Labour parties as the next general election comes on the horizon.

Chair: Adam Boulton, TalkTV


  • Rachel Wolf, Public First
  • Chris Curtis, Opinium
  • Rob Ford, University of Manchester and UKICE
  • Sophie Stowers, UKICE

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45 Panel 2: Presentation of new research

Chair: Anand Menon, UKICE


  • Rob Ford, University of Manchester and UKICE
  • Jane Green, BES
  • John Curtice, NatCen and UKICE

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:45 Panel 3: Ethnic minority voters

Together, UK in a Changing Europe and Focal Data have conducted a ground-breaking survey amongst the UK’s ethnic minority population which takes stock of the diverse social values, political opinions and voting intentions held by voters across the country. At this panel, we will be discussing the results of the survey, and what they mean for representation, participation and elections in the future.

Chair: Tomiwa Owolade , Journalist


  • Sunder Katwala, British Future
  • James Kanagasooriam, UKICE and Focaldata
  • Maria Sobolewska, University of Manchester

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 16:15 Panel 4: Small parties

As we approach election year, this panel will consider the policies and election strategy of third parties.

Chair: Jill Rutter, UKICE


  • Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, Green Party
  • Polly MacKenzie, University of the Arts London
  • Ian Blackford, SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber

16:15Keynote: Kelly Beaver, Ipsos

End 17:00



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