Channel 4 News Annouces 'Gary Gibbon: In Conversation With...' Line-Up For Autumn Conferences

Channel 4 News has announced a new series of heavyweight interviews for this year’s autumn conference season. As the coalition government reaches the halfway point in its term, award winning Political Editor Gary Gibbon will host in-depth, hour-long sessions with key “big thinkers” from each party. The fringe events, run by ITN and Channel 4, will aim to probe the key themes from 2012, and will look to the year ahead, as each party continues to push its own agenda whilst living with the day-to-day realities of coalition and opposition.


· At the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, Gary will speak to Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey.

Monday 24th September, 1-2pm, The Grand (Empress Suite), Brighton


· In Manchester, Gary will interview Chuka Umunna, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Sunday 30th September, 1-2pm, Manchester Central, Charter 2, Manchester


· And, at the Conservative conference in Birmingham, Gary will meet one of the most prominent Tory politicians of the last four decades, Ken Clarke.

Monday 8th October, 1-2pm, The ICC (Hall 5), Birmingham


Gary Gibbon says: “I’ll be exploring some of the big political questions of 2012 with my guests, and asking the rising stars of Labour and the Liberal Democrats about their backgrounds and what shaped their politics. When Nick Clegg promoted Ed Davey to the Cabinet was he anointing his chosen successor? Some close to the leader would like to think so. What makes him tick? These and other questions I’ll be asking the Energy and Climate Change Secretary. Ken Clarke was the man David Cameron just couldn’t live without. We’ll be asking how he rates that reshuffle after 40 years on the frontline of politics, and what’s he made of watching the Coalition close up? And Chuka Umunna; only 10 years after finishing his education and 18 months as an MP, and he is a Cabinet minister-in-waiting. What drives him? What happened to the old Compass firebrand?”

The interviews are open to all accredited attendees, and refreshments will be available. They will be filmed and covered in detail on Channel 4 News’ website. For more information, see

These events will be accompanied by coverage from all three conferences from Channel 4 News Political Correspondent Michael Crick.

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