LCID Update: Conference, the leadership contest…and tea with Andrew Mitchell

Dear friends,

We hope you are well. Firstly, we know that many people have recently signed up to this mailing list, welcome and thank you!

Since the election, LCID has been active in ensuring that international development is on the agenda during the Labour leadership contest, and doing what we can to hold the Coalition government to account.

Labour Leadership contest
During the Labour leadership contest, we interviewed all five leadership candidates on film, and also hosted a international hustings with the Young Fabians, SERA and Co-op Youth.

We’ve been really pleased with the commitment all of the candidates have shown to continuing Labour’s leadership in development. You can watch what they had to say on YouTube, and listen to a review of the hustings on this Audioboo.

Meeting Andrew Mitchell
Together with the leading political blog Left Foot Forward, we also helped leak the story on the proposed DfID cuts – putting the Coaltion under far more scrutiny than they would have liked. Andrew Mitchell, the Secretary of State, even hauled us in to his office – you can read our interview with him here.

Party Conference
LCID is off to Party Conference in Manchester. Come along to our LCID Social at 8pm on Monday 27th in the Midland Hotel Bar. It’ll be your chance to meet up with other Labour activists who are passionate about ending global poverty and find out more about LCID. Look out for the people in LCID t-shirts!

To help you navigate your way around the conference, we’ve put a list of all the fringe events on development and climate change on our blog.

In particular, we’d like to draw your attention to two events. Firstly, LCID is pleased to have been invited to chair Christian Aid’s fringe event:
Beyond Aid – what role for tax in International development.
The event takes place on Wednesday 29th, 6.30pm, in Manchester Central, Charter 4, Floor 1. Speakers include Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Treasury Minister; and Anas Sarwar MP, of the International Development Select Committee.

Secondly, Progress would like to invite you to their event:
Elephants will never forgive: conserving the Asian elephant.
The event takes place on Monday 27th, 12.45am, in Peter House, Oxford Street. Speakers include Emma Reynolds MP, FCO Select Committee and Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Shadow Environment Secretary.

Can’t make it to Manchester? Follow us on twitter (@LabourCID) and on the blog ( for the best coverage of development at conference.


The LCID Team

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