Since 2018, the IFoA has participated in the Labor Party and Conservative Party Conferences, which provide us with an opportunity to engage with political and political stakeholders on our key policy priorities. It was great to see that our side sessions drew a large and engaged audience and sparked great discussions.
The first was the Labor Party conference in Liverpool, where delegates, buoyed by the party’s lead in the polls, were optimistic about a return to power in the next election. Our side event focused on our poverty premium campaign, where former Chairman of the General Insurance Board, Sameer Keshani was joined by Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Ashworth MP and Treasury Select Committee member Emma Hardy MP.
The mood at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham was darker, with many MPs staying away. A highlight was our panel discussion on “demographic dilemmas” and how we can provide long-term sustainable support to an aging population. IFoA member Stuart McDonald led the discussion, and panelists included FinancialTimes columnist and former No. 10 political unit leader Camilla Cavendish and Alzheimer’s disease activist John Teeling, who gave a moving account of his own experience.
Overall, the conference season has once again shown the value of face-to-face engagement, allowing us to continue to build the reputation of the IFoA as a trusted voice and increase awareness. to the expertise of actuaries on some of society’s greatest challenges.
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