Nation in Transit: A manifesto for post-Brexit Britain



About the Speaker:

Phil Anderson is a political insider from the epicentre of the EU referendum earthquake. In 2011, the borough of Thurrock in industrial South Essex stepped into the national spotlight when it came bottom of the national league table for life satisfaction.  By 2016 that disaffection and anger had boiled over into political insurrection, with Thurrock leading Britain out of the door of the EU with one of the highest ‘leave’ votes in the country.

Phil has served as Conservative Leader on Thurrock Council and Chairman of Thurrock Conservative Association. His new book ‘Nation in Transit’ offers a positive vision for what a post-Brexit Britain should look like. From unemployment to immigration, council estates to the banking industry, and local communities to the global environment, it takes a long, hard look at what creates the conditions for individuals and communities to flourish and why we’re just not feeling it as a nation. The answers combine incisive political thinking with grass roots Essex reality; because if the solutions don’t work for White Van Man then they probably won’t work at all.

Guest panel:

  • Gareth Wallace – Executive Director of CCF (Chair)
  • Jackie Doyle-Price – Member of Parliament for Thurrock
  • Beth Prescott – Parliamentary Candidate for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford in 2015

Jackie Doyle-Price

Jackie Doyle-Price was elected as the Member of Parliament for Thurrock in May 2010 with a majority of 92 votes. This was a Conservative gain from Labour with a 6.6 per cent swing. In May 2015, she retained her seat with an increased majority of 536.

Originally from Sheffield, Jackie joined the Conservative Party as a teenager. Raised on a Council Estate Jackie witnessed at first hand that the Conservative Party's emphasis on aspiration and working to ensure that people keep more of what they earn offered ordinary families the opportunities to make the best of themselves and to shape their own destinies.

Jackie studied economics at Durham. Jackie worked in a variety of roles, including for the Sheffield Enterprise Agency, South Yorkshire Police, the City of London Corporation and the Financial Services Authority. She was also the senior advisor to the Lord Mayor of London for five years and more recently was an adviser to the Financial Services Consumer Panel, fighting for better treatment for consumers of financial services.

Beth Prescott

'With a passion for community and social justice that is inspired by her faith, Beth felt called into politics to help build a society of opportunity for people across all backgrounds and support for those who need it most. From a non-political background, she joined the Conservative Party and in 2015 stood as one of the youngest Parliamentary Candidates in the country in the 2015 General Election, going up against Labour heavyweight Yvette Cooper in the Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford constituency. She currently works for poverty-relief charity, Christians Against Poverty and resides in her hometown of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire.'