Throughout the life of the UK2070 Commission there will be a series of events, aimed at explaining the work of the Commission and soliciting the views of all interested parties across the UK.

Commission events:

National Symposium – Facing up to Inequalities across the UK

13 June 2019, Leeds Civic Hall – to read a summary of this event, including copies of speaker’s presentations, please click here.
We will be holding another symposium later in the year – more information will be added to this page in due course.

The United Kingdom is undergoing fundamental changes. None is more needed than the way we address the long standing and deep-rooted inequalities across the regions and nations. The UK2070 Commission is therefore undertaking a major review of the nature, causes and extent of these inequalities.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Former Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State, The Right Honourable The Lord Heseltine CH;
  • The Mayor of Greater Manchester, The Right Honourable Andy Burnham;
  • Chair of the Core Cities Group, Councillor Judith Blake CBE;
  • Chair of Urban and Regional Economics at the University of Sheffield Management School and Tagliaferri Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Professor Philip McCann;
  • Global Head of Infrastructure Equity & Director North West Region at AMP Capital, Boe Pahari;
  • Professor in Economic Geography and Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Cardiff University, Professor Gillian Bristow;
  • The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Mayor James Palmer;
  • Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow, Professor Duncan Maclennan CBE;
  • Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority, Deborah Cadman OBE;
  • Executive Director of Strategic Planning at The Peel Group, Peter Nears;
  • President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Dr. George W. McCarthy;
  • Chief Executive of the North West Business Leadership Team, Emma Degg.

The Symposium will provide an opportunity for the UK2070 Commission to present the findings of its review so far and the lessons from the past. It will set out the risks we face if we do not change the way we do things. It will also explore what should be done in order to:

  • Deliver effective devolution and decentralisation
  • Restructure the economy
  • Enable long term spatial planning
  • Provide stable long-term funding for action

The Symposium is a key stage in the work of the Commission, with the event aiming to share our work  to date, and to solicit the views of interested stakeholders. It is therefore an opportunity for you to help shape the common future of all our communities and the Commission’s thinking, as we work towards our Final Report.

Thank you to everyone who showed an interest in attending the UK2070 National Symposium in Leeds – unfortunately both the main attendee list and the reserve list were SOLD OUT. We will be holding another symposium later in the year – more information will be added to this page in due course.

Final report launch

January 2020

The Final Report of the UK2070 Commission will be published in January 2020 and made available at the launch event. We will post details of the event here in due course.

Past events

The UK2070 Commission launch

9 October 2018, Palace of Westminster

The UK2070 Commission was launched at an event held at the House of Lords in London on Tuesday 9 October. The event set out the rationale, priorities and activities of the Commission. It also painted a picture of the different possibilities for the UK in 2070 and featured short presentations by Commission members. The launch event also saw the publishing of our Call To Evidence which is open to all to respond; with the deadline for submissions being Friday 16 November.


If you would like to contact us about our work, please email:, or get in touch through Twitter @UK_2070.