BMF hits on John Prescott as first conference speaker

Builders merchants trade organisation the Builders Merchants Federation is packing a punch with its 2019 conference line-up, having announced that Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker.

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Lord Prescott represented Hull East as the Labour Member of Parliament for 40 years before retiring as an MP at the 2010 election and entering the House of Lords as a life peer.  During his parliamentary career he served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party between 1994 and 2007 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 he played a key role in Tony Blair’s administration.  He helped broker the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and developed the government’s post-Kyoto agenda, implemented reforms to Britain’s transport system, formed regional development councils and oversaw the creation of the post of a directly elected Mayor of London.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “Next year’s BMF All Industry Conference is the first to be held in our post-Brexit era. It’s fitting that John Prescott – a man not known for pulling any punches – will share his views as this year’s political ‘big beast’ speaker.  Regular attendees will know that he follows in the footsteps of other political heavyweights including Michael Portillo in 2013, Alistair Campbell (2015) and Paddy Ashdown (2017).  I have no doubt that this session will once again be one of the highlights of our Conference.”

The sold-out BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Dubrovnik from 13-16 June 2019. Further details are available on the Conference website,

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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