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The Legatum Institute hosts Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute

Friday, 8 February 2019

On February 4th 2019, the Legatum Institute hosted Arthur Brooks where he spoke on the topic of 'Why Character Determines Success', as part of our Road to Character series.

Arthur Brooks is the outgoing President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a US-based think tank. A professional musician turned prominent social scientist and economist, Dr Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the bestselling author of 11 books. His upcoming film released later this year is The Pursuit.



The House of Lords debates the SMC's new measure of poverty for the UK

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Social Metrics Commission (SMC) was formed three years ago with the sole and express aim of delivering new poverty metrics for the UK. Speaking in the House of Lords on January 21st, Baroness Philippa Stroud presented to members the findings of the SMC's new poverty measure and challenged the Department of Work and Pensions to adopt the poverty measure as the U.K.'s official metric.

The video of Baroness Stroud's remarks can be viewed here.

The full House of Lords debate can be viewed here.

The full transcript of the debate can read here via Hansard.


Philippa Stroud in Reaction: How Britain can tackle poverty

Monday, 21 January 2019

We have no official measure of poverty in the UK. The government ceased to use its previous measure of poverty in 2016, and despite much debate on both the left and the right, a new measure has yet to be agreed. This should concern us all because it has become all too easy for successive governments to argue about the measurement of poverty, rather than delivering an effective strategy to tackle poverty. Meanwhile the very poorest in Britain – the bottom 20% – have seen no significant improvement in their life circumstances over the last two decades.

 You can read the article in full here.


Our CEO gives evidence to Parliament's Work and Pensions Committee on the SMC's new measure of UK poverty

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

For too long, much of the political and policy debate on poverty has focussed on whether and how we should measure poverty, rather than the action needed to drive better outcomes for the most disadvantaged in our society.

In September 2018, the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) launched a new measure of poverty in the UK. Legatum Institute CEO and Chair of the SMC Philippa Stroud tells the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee why the new measure is the most authoritative measure of poverty in the UK today.

You can watch the evidence session here.

You can find out more about the work of the SMC here.


A Tide that Lifts All Boats? Response to the Schools Green Paper

Monday, 12 December 2016

Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, James O'Shaughnessy, is the author of a new Legatum Institute paper that offers a response to the Department for Education’s Green Paper Schools That Work for Everyone.


2016 UK Prosperity Index

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The 2016 UK Prosperity Index finds that UK cities are failing to turn their economic growth into better lives for people.

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UK Cities Are Rich—So Why Are Their Residents Not Prosperous?

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Legatum Institute's newly-released 2016 UK Prosperity Index finds that UK cities are failing to turn their economic growth into better lives for people.


Money and Power: The Bank of England and London in the 18th Century

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

In the final History of Capitalism lecture, Anne Murphy, Reader in History and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, told the story of the origins and workings of The Bank of England and its intricate relationship with the unique ecosystem of the City of London.


Kremlin Sows Discord With New Weapon at Heart of UK

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Russian media outlets’ disinformation campaigns during the Scottish Referendum represent a darker trend happening across the West to destabilise the region, with analysis provided by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Times—£)


Trading Up: New Ideas for UK Exports

Friday, 17 June 2016

Emily Redding is the author of a new paper that raises some of the major issues faced by UK exporters, and offers policy recommendations for how these issues can be addressed in order to improve the UK’s export market and overall productivity.

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UK Risks Missing £1Trillion Exports Target, Warns Think Tank

Thursday, 16 June 2016

LONDON—The UK risks missing its target of increasing exports to £1trillion by 2020 unless it abandons its misplaced focus on boosting the number of SMEs who export their goods and services and instead concentrates on helping existing exporters build permanent footholds in new markets.


The Government’s Role in Creating a Prosperous Economy

Monday, 13 June 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum, the Rt. Hon. Greg Hands MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, for an off-the-record discussion on the government’s role in creating a prosperous economy.


Why Britain Should Remain in the EU

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum, the Rt. Hon. Alan Johnson, who heads the Labour Party’s EU referendum campaign, discussed the importance of convincing the Labour Party supporters to vote for the UK to remain in the European Union.


Britain's Future in the World: A Time of Choosing

Thursday, 5 May 2016

As the EU referendum approaches, the Legatum Institute hosted a debate on Britain’s role in the world with Steve Baker (MP for Wycombe), Gideon Rachman (Financial Times) and Anne Applebaum (Legatum Institute).


Leaving the EU Will Weaken Britain and Its Place in Europe

Friday, 8 April 2016

With Western values facing unprecedented challenges, undermining Europe is a risk too far, argues Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum (Evening Standard)


Saving Britain’s Steel Industry: From Redcar to Port Talbot

Friday, 1 April 2016

The British government must act now to ensure its trading partners deliver not only open trade, but equally importantly competitive markets inside the border, undistorted by anti-competitive practices and policies, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)


Russia: Implications for UK Defence and Security

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Peter Pomerantsev, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, appeared as a witness before a recent UK Defence Committee hearing on Russia's military capabilities and implications for the UK.


Is This the End of the West As We Know It?

Friday, 4 March 2016

In her latest column for the Washington Post, Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, fears we are two or three bad elections away from the end of the liberal world order.


Productivity in the UK

Monday, 29 February 2016

Nick Boles, MP, Minister of State for Skills, spoke at a Legatum Institute Business Forum lunch on the government’s plan to improve UK productivity through greater investment in infrastructure, increased wages and training.


So Putin Killed Litvinenko. Carry On.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Britain has been cosying up to Russian money for years, and a dead spy isn’t going to change that, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Foreign Policy)


Why a Sugar Tax is Not the Answer to Britain's Obesity Problem

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

It is exercise that will fix Britain’s obesity problems—not an over-complicated tax system, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (


Why is Cardiff Still Lagging Behind Other UK Capitals?

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Cardiff comes behind other UK capitals in terms of both wealth and wellbeing. Innovative policies are required to reverse the damage done by the decline of heavy industry, argues Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (


10 Years On, Cameron’s Compassionate Conservativism has Failed to Deliver Its Promises

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Drawing on data from the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, Abigail Watson, Research Intern, reveals how after 10 years in the job, David Cameron's promises have failed to materialise (


Autumn Statement Verdict—Politics over Prosperity

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

If the Chancellor is serious about securing the future of the UK, the focus must go back to deficit elimination and true leadership in revolutionising our public services, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)


George Osborne is About to Run Into a Heap of Trouble

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The cuts outlined in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement must be fair, and seen to be fair, writes Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (CapX)


Health and Education Are Part of a Prosperous Society

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Yet they’re currently holding Britain back in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index. The Government can change this—if it wants to, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)


2015 UK Prosperity Report

Monday, 2 November 2015

The UK Prosperity Report reveals Britain is more prosperous in 2015 than it has been at any point in the past seven years. The data is based on findings from the 2015 global Legatum Prosperity Index, published in November this year.

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Norway is the Most Prosperous Country in the World

Monday, 2 November 2015

LONDON—The 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals Indonesia has made the most radical improvements since 2009 while the least prosperous countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa. For the seventh year running, Norway is the most prosperous country in the world.


Is This the Death of the North-South Divide?

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The north-south divide does not compel the north to poverty or the south to riches. The future is still for the taking, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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Scotland is More Prosperous than England According to a New Legatum Institute Study

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

LONDON—The Legatum Institute's new ‘Geography of Prosperity’ index finds Scotland is more prosperous than England based on average income per person along with how happy they feel.


2015 Conservative Party Conference: The New "One Nation" Conservatism

Sunday, 4 October 2015

“The most interesting event of the Conservative conference”—Rachel Sylvester in The Times.


2015 Conservative Party Conference: Securing Prosperity in an Uncertain World

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Tim Montgomerie moderated a discussion with Johnny Mercer MP, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow Peter Pomerantsev, and Ian Betts of G4S on the biggest threats to Britain’s security.  


Jeremy Corbyn’s Big State Policies Would be Disastrous for Long-Term UK Growth

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Corbyn's fiscal consequences could be dire, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow to the Economics of Prosperity programme at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)


Jeremy Corbyn’s Dangerous Appeal

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The new leader of Britain’s Labour Party doesn’t much care for democratic politics, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)


Europe’s Deadly Denial

Monday, 14 September 2015

The refugee crisis is the consequence of Europe’s refusal to confront the wars on its borders, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Slate)


Bring Back London's Slums

Thursday, 10 September 2015

We all know that not enough homes are being built in London. But when London’s new mayor is elected in May 2016, will he or she start to build real places, places for life, places that become part of London? James Fischelis, urban consultant and author of The Urban Escalator explains how London can learn from its slums of the past.


While Russia Bans Books, the Useful Idiot Corbyn Swallows Its Lies Whole

Sunday, 9 August 2015

The would-be leader of the Labour party is the latest in a long line of Russia's "useful idiots", writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Sunday Times)


Are Interest Rates About to Rise? Don’t Bank On It Yet

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tightening monetary policy when broad money growth stands at just over 4 per cent would be a brave move and the wrong one, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)


The Dark Side of Economic Growth

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Ignoring the negatives of economic growth undermines its very foundations, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


"The Legatum Institute is going from strength to strength"

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Rt. Hon. Theresa May, Secretary of State for the Home Department, was guest speaker at the Legatum Institute's 2015 Summer Party.


The Prosperity Problem

Sunday, 5 July 2015

In a special report for Newsweek, the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index reveals which countries fared best—and worst—following 'The Great Recession' of 2008.


The Strange Death of Liberalism

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the Legatum Institute, Paddy Ashdown, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, argued that the key problem in advanced western societies was not capitalism but the failure of democracy.


What Does a One Nation Justice System Look Like?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Speaking at the Legatum Institute, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove called for reform of the justice system in England and Wales, in his first speech since being appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.


Grexit? Decline in Potential Growth is the Real Challenge

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Whether it’s the United Kingdom, Greece or China, the primary focus of economic policy should be on raising potential output growth, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)


Bringing Europe Back From the Abyss

Monday, 15 June 2015

Never mind renegotiation. If Europe wants Britain to stay on board, it needs to sort out its economy, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Osborne’s Prosperity Contortions

Friday, 12 June 2015

In his ambition to move Britain towards a ‘new settlement of responsibility and prosperity’, George Osborne has set himself an impossible task, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (CapX)


A New Defence Policy?

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

In his first public speaking engagement as Minster of State for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne addressed a Legatum Institute Business Forum breakfast on defence procurement policy and the priorities ahead.


London Needs to Build the Right Housing—Not Just More Housing

Thursday, 4 June 2015

The Legatum Institute and Create Streets were pleased to host a livestreamed panel with Evan Davis, housing experts and some of London's prospective mayoral candidates, to discuss how to solve the capital's housing crisis and boost wellbeing by building homes people want to live in.


UK Must Prepare for the Asian Consumer Revolution

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, offers eight reforms to position Britain for the coming Asian consumer revolution (City A.M)


We Must Stop Panicking About Deflation

Thursday, 21 May 2015

When it comes to deflation, what matters is what causes it, writes Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

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Economic Growth Alone Will Not Make Britain a More Prosperous Country

Thursday, 16 April 2015

LONDON—New poll for the Legatum Institute reveals health and public safety are more important to voters than rising GDP.


When it Comes to Politics, the US and Britain Could Learn From Each Other

Thursday, 16 April 2015

What will the voters get out of these very different political experiences, asks Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in her latest Washington Post column.


The State and the Market Are Set for Another Needless Collision Course

Friday, 10 April 2015

Rather than returning to the battlegrounds of state versus market, we should make the twenty-first century different to the last, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Pensions, Retirement and Taxation—with David Gauke, MP

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

On the eve of the Spring Budget, David Gauke MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, addressed a small table of Business Forum members about pensions, tax reform and the future of Britain as a business centre.


Whatever Happened to Compassionate Conservatism?

Thursday, 12 March 2015

"We are warriors for the dispossessed," said Michael Gove, the Chief Whip, as he delivered a speech at the Legatum Institute to launch the book, 'The Good Right'.


Is Ed Miliband Ready for No. 10?

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Legatum Institute was delighted to host the Westminster Policy Institute for a panel discussion that examined some of the most talked about questions in Westminster: Is Ed Miliband ready for Downing Street and what will his top priorities be if he wins the election?


You Heard It Here First—A Pollster's General Election Forecast

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI, delivered his forecast ahead of Britain's general election at a recent Legatum Institute business breakfast.


The Economics of Prosperity—With Digby, Lord Jones

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Politicians need to "change the mood music" surrounding business, said Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham, at a recent Legatum Institute roundtable.


Should Ukraine Be Armed?

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Tim Montgomerie and Anne Applebaum discuss the deteriorating situation in Eastern Ukraine and Britain's foreign policy (​The Times​)


Theresa May MP for Women2Win

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The Legatum Institute was delighted to host Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and the Women2Win campaign group for their "First-Time Fighters and 40/40 Seats" fundraiser event.


Why Britain Must Hold Russia’s Kleptocratic Elite to Account

Friday, 30 January 2015

Alexander Litvinenko’s murder has been treated as a spy story—but it is terrorism, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum (​Financial Times​)


Television: Still Relevant After All These Years

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Legatum Institute was delighted to welcome Archie Norman, Chairman of ITV, for a lunch discussion. Norman, a former head of ASDA and Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells, argued that despite new platforms, television remains the one medium that allows for a national conversation.


Chloe Smith: Would You Employ a Young Person?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

On Democracy Day, youth unemployment and societal disengagement were up for discussion at a Legatum Institute business breakfast that hosted Chloe Smith MP, former Treasury Minister.


News from Britain for Obama. We May Outstrip America Within Four Years.

Friday, 16 January 2015

The Legatum Prosperity Index shows the UK is gathering speed and catching up to the US when it comes to prosperity, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economic Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)


The Future of Free Schools: Lunch Discussion with Baroness Evans of Bowes Park

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Legatum Institute hosted a lunch to celebrate the elevation of Baroness Natalie Evans to the House of Lords.


Building for the Future?

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Legatum Institute held its latest Architecture of Prosperity lecture, with Jonathan Meades, writer, journalist, and film-maker, to debate the concept of architectural legacy.


Magna Carta—800 Years On

Thursday, 20 November 2014

In anticipation of 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Legatum Institute hosted a half-day seminar on the international history and present day realities of constitutions and constitution building. Those present at the roundtable included constitutional, legal and history experts, policy-makers, business leaders and those involved with Magna Carta legacy projects.


Jesse Norman: My Autumn Statement

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Legatum Institute welcomed Jesse Norman MP for an insightful yet sobering look over the economic horizon. With the Autumn Statement the last real opportunity for new economic policy before the General Election next May, questions covered the likely announcements from the Chancellor in December.


The Future of the Union

Monday, 10 November 2014

In the wake of the Scottish referendum and as the Smith Commission prepares its recommendations for further devolution in Scotland, the Legatum Institute convened a livestreamed conference on the future of the United Kingdom’s constitutional arrangements.


Place-making for Prosperity: Mount Pleasant Circus

Thursday, 30 October 2014

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, was guest speaker at a Legatum Institute breakfast that explored the controversial Royal Mail plans for the redevelopment of the Mount Pleasant Sorting Office site in London. The discussion was based on an elegant alternative put forward in a paper published jointly by the Legatum Institute and Create Streets.


The Corruption of Capitalism: Britain’s Role

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Legatum Institute was pleased to host a dinner with Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead and Chair of the Modern Slavery Bill Review, in conversation with Lord Glasman, Labour life peer, on the challenges facing capitalism.


What is Suburbia?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, joined architects, urban planners and sociologists to explore the suburbs as part of the Legatum Institute’s 'Architecture of Prosperity' series. ‘London and the Evolution of Suburbia’ examined the past, present and future of suburbia, and its role in effective urbanisation and regeneration policies.


Legatum Institute and the Slavery Supply Chain

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Following its event, ‘Slavery and Abolition: Then and Now’ held on 8 July 2014, the Legatum Institute, is providing research support to Frank Field MP and others who are seeking to include a ‘supply chain’ clause in the UK's ‘Modern Slavery Bill’, which is currently being scrutinised by the Public Bill Committee.


The Road to the 2015 General Election

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Speaking at a lunch at the Legatum Institute, Lynton Crosby, campaign strategist and organisation specialist, discussed the challenges facing the Conservative party in the lead up to the 2015 general election.


Government and Growth

Friday, 25 April 2014

As part of its new ‘Government and Growth’ programme, the Legatum Institute hosted a breakfast with Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, to discuss the impact of government on economic performance, and the global literature pointing towards achieving faster GDP growth by shrinking the state.


Prosperity, Community and Identity: The Built Environment and Creative Capacity

Thursday, 24 April 2014

To inaugurate its 'Architecture of Prosperity' series, the Legatum Institute convened a seminar on Prosperity, Community and Identity: the built environment and creative capacity, which brought together a range of experts and practitioners from the worlds of architecture, planning, politics, academia and mental health. UK Minister for Planning, Nick Boles, served as guest speaker.


Forget Nordic Socialism: Welfare Didn't Make Scandinavia Rich

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

In a column for City A.M., the Legatum Institute's Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies Graeme Leach makes the case for why the Nordic economic model is not a model for the UK.

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Private Sector Holds the Key to the Future of British Aid, Says Andrew Mitchell MP

Sunday, 23 June 2013

LONDON—As part of the Legatum Institute (LI) "Policy Dialogues" series, former Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell MP, today publishes a paper setting out his thoughts on the future of international development and the UK’s aid programme.


The Art of Peace and War 1953-2013

Thursday, 20 June 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, Lieutenant-General Simon Mayall, Senior Adviser Middle East, Ministry of Defence, discussed the intellectual and cultural context of military strategy and warfare.


Politics, Culture, and the Entrepreneurial Idea

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Young professionals explore the vital connection between culture and politics and its impact in shaping prosperous societies.


Is the UK Press An Example To the World?

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Editor of 'The Independent' says proposed changes to UK media regulation don’t threaten a free press.


Royal Portraiture And The Evolution of the Sovereign's Relationship to Her Subjects

Thursday, 14 March 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, discussed how the iconography of the Queen has reflected the changing relationship between the Sovereign and her subjects. 


2020 Vision - An Agenda for Transformation

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The Legatum Institute hosted the launch of '2020 Vision - An Agenda for Transformation', a compendium of long-term policy ideas by members of the 2020 group of Conservative MPs.


“The pillars upon which Big Government rest are crumbling”

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The use of the internet has transformed how we engage with each other and how we consume  everything, from news to music to learning. Why, therefore, should it not also transform the way we are governed? A conversation with author and MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell.


Economic crisis and recovery are both networked phenomena

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Economist Paul Ormerod argues that politicians and businesses need to understand the power of networks to anticipate and solve problems.


Prosperity and Sustainability: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Monday, 10 September 2012

Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker argues that we can marry concerns about growth with the need to transition to a sustainable, resource-efficient, low-carbon economy.


Is There a Distinctively Conservative Green Agenda?

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker discusses the possible future evolution of environmental policies in an age of economic austerity.


The Debt Threat to Democracy: Part II

Monday, 28 May 2012

Tim Leunig argues that a democracy that works well will deliver sensible debt limits by consent, just as it will deliver sensible policies in a range of other policy areas.


LI Hosts British Foreign Secretary for Arab Spring Speech

Monday, 3 October 2011

The Legatum Institute hosted British Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP for a speech at the 2011 Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.