The Taylor Review and its fallout - what are the implications for the flexible economy?





Join us at a special SME4Labour public forum on the Taylor review in House of Commons Committee Room 15 on 31 October 2017.

Commissioned and endorsed by the Prime Minister, in July Matthew Taylor published his far-ranging review into modern work. Covering everything from zero-hours contracts to reforming employment law, the report has provoked significant debate.

This session will consider whether the review strikes the right balance between protecting vulnerable workers and maintaining flexibility in the labour market. It will also analyse the implications for the gig economy, as well as the likelihood of the Conservative government actually implementing Taylor’s recommendations. There will also be a discussion about where Labour be positioning itself on the issue.

The session will be chaired by Philip Ross of Labour Business and kindly hosted by Bill Esterson MP in the House of Commons. They will be joined by keynote speakers - Jack Dromey MPTUC senior policy officer for employment rights, Hannah ReedTom Blenkinsop of the Community Union; SME4Labour executive committee member Martin Howe; Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs of IPSE; founder of Newington Communications, Mark Glover; and Emma Barnes, founder of handmade jewellery brand Wild Fawn Jewellery. Matthew Taylor himself will join us later on in the evening for closing remarks. 


Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) since November 2006. During this time the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, has provided new routes to support charitable initiatives of its 28,000 Fellows – including crowd funding - and has developed a global profile as a platform for ideas. In October 2016 Matthew was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead an independent review into modern employment; the review’s findings were published in July 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Matthew was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. Previous roles include Labour Party Director of Policy and Deputy General Secretary and Chief Executive of the IPPR, the UK’s leading left of centre think tank.

Matthew is a regular media performer having appeared several times on the Today Programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He had written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze. He writes a regular column for the Local Government Chronicle. He has posted over a thousand times on his RSA blog site and tweets as @RSAMatthew.

Jack Dromey MP

Jack Dromey rose to prominence during the Grunwick strike in the 1970s. He went on to become the Deputy General Secretary of the Transport & General Workers Union and then the Deputy General Secretary of Unite. After being elected as Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington in 2010, he was appointed Shadow Housing Minister. He was instrumental in shaping Labour’s policy to build 200,000 homes a year.

In 2013, Jack was made Shadow Policing Minister. Prior to the election Jack undertook a Policing tour, visiting over 50 towns and cities across the UK and formulating Labour’s Policing Pledge. At the recent General Election Jack was returned as the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington with an increased majority of over 7,500 and is now the Shadow Minister for Labour. In Parliament, Jack has been a champion of Erdington and Birmingham, campaigning for a fair deal for the City and for the West Midlands Police Service.

Bill Esterson MP

Bill Esterson is the MP for Sefton Central, first elected in 2010. He has served on the following Select Committees - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Education, Community and Local Government, Treasury. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Small Business in September 2015. He holds a joint degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Leeds. He trained with a large accountancy firm and subsequently became director of a training consultancy.

Tom Blenkinsop

Tom Blenkinsop was the member of parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland from 2010 to 2017, standing down at the General Election earlier this year. He was appointed to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, the Standards and Privileges Committee, the Treasury Select Committee, the Energy and Climate Change Committee and the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. He was a Labour Party whip from 2011 to 2015. Having left parliament, he is now the Operations Director with the Community trade union.

Hannah Reed

Hannah Reed is a Senior Employment Rights Officer in the TUC's Economic and Social Affairs Department. Hannah is responsible for trade union and employment law, including collective and individual employment rights.

Martin Howe

Martin Howe is a practising solicitor and the founding member of Howe + Co Law firm. He specialises in social justice cases and has actively worked on reform of UK human rights laws over the years. He was previously a member of the Conservative Party’s Commission to create a Bill of Rights, which has been named as “Balancing freedom and security – A modern British Bill of Rights” by David Cameron in 2006. He was an active supporter of replacing Human Rights Act with British Bill of Rights. He is the Chairman of the Courts and Sentencing Policy Group of the Centre for Social Justice.

Philip Ross

Philip was one of the founding members of the IPSE in 1999 and served on its first board as External Affairs Director. He undertook the role of lobbying government and helping to deal with the media. Later, on IPSE's behalf, he joined the Home Office’s skills panel and helped to successfully persuade them to effectively close down their damaging fast-track visa scheme.

After a break of some ten years, in 2016 he returned as a freelancer and rejoined IPSE and was elected again to the Consultative Council. Outside of IPSE, he is a well known activist and campaigner on self employment. He has written many articles for sites as diverse as ContractorUK, Shout99, LabourList, Progress and Compass. He is a member of the CRSE think tank. Also, this year contributed to work done by the Social Market Foundation. He co-authored the influential report 'Not Alone - trade union and co-operatives solutions for the self employed' for Co-operatives (UK). He also co-authored the report 'Freelancing Agenda' for the Labour Party's business group.

As a result of his campaigning and policy work, he has strong national and international links with unions, co-ops and networks of the self employed and groups in the UK and groups like the Freelancers' Union in the USA. He works for his own limited company - the Great Digital Company - selling his services as a freelance agile business analyst in financial services and media. He specialises in digital transformation projects.

Simon McVicker

Simon is the Director of Policy at the The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE). Simon has led IPSE's Department of Policy and Public Affairs for four years, during which time he has strengthened the organisation's links with politicians and other key influencers. He has more than 25 years' experience in the field.

Mark Glover

Mark founded Newington Communications in 2006, and has overseen its growth into the dynamic and award winning consultancy that it is today. He splits his time between Newington’s London and Edinburgh offices – offering strategic counsel to board directors across a range of sectors at a local, devolved and national government level. He is the former chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (2016-17).

Mark has been actively involved in politics since 1985 – as a councillor for twelve years, which included serving as the Chair of the Labour Group in Southwark, London. A regular public speaker, Mark also sits on the Ethical Advisory Board of the Marston Group, was a Founding Director of the Reformer magazine, supports charity UK Youth and is a regular industry awards judge.

Emma Barnes

Emma Barnes is the founder of handmade jewellery brand Wild Fawn Jewellery. Emma set up Wild Fawn in January 2015 whilst working full time as a statistician in the Department of Education. 10 months later, Emma left the Department to work on Wild Fawn Jewellery full time and has been working on the brand for the last two years. Emma is a self-taught silversmith and works from home with hired help two days a week to make, pack and send orders. Wild Fawn is sold online on Etsy, the official Wild Fawn website and in over 40 eco-boutiques in the UK and Europe.

October 31, 2017 at 7pm - 9pm
Committee Room 15
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
United Kingdom
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