It has also been confirmed that Justin Webb, presenter of BBC TV Breakfast News, is to chair the opening session on Wednesday 8 July. Other speakers include:
- William Hague, Conservative party leader in his first address to an all party local government audience
- Hilary Armstrong, local government minister
- Helen Liddell, economic secretary, treasury
- John Monks, general secretary, TUC
- Chris Haskins, chair, Northern Foods
- Adair Turner, director general, CBI
The theme for the event is 'National Questions Local Answers', with the conference providing a showcase for how local authorities provide the solutions to national issues such as crime and disorder, education and the health of communities.