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ICE brings PFI to fore at party conferences

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Raising the ICE's profi le in local and central government circles is a key priority for the institution, so for the second year running it will hold receptions at the three main political party conferences.

The receptions will be hosted jointly by the ICE and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The fi rst event will take place on 20 September at the Liberal Democrat conference in Blackpool.

'These informal receptions will be a key part of our profileraising and influencing strategy.

It will be one of the best times to talk with key opinion formers, ' said ICE external relations manager Neal Weston.

At each of the receptions the ICE will promote its State of the Nation report as part of a move to raise awareness among MPs of the current state of the UK's infrastructure.

Last year deputy prime minister John Prescott attended the reception at the Labour party conference and talked to ICE director general Tom Foulkes and ex-president Douglas Oakervee.

The theme running across all the conference receptions this year will be Can PFI deliver?

A representative from each political party will express their views on the subject, after which the events will be opened to much wider discussion. Liberal Democrat MP Susan Kramer will speak at the first conference, which is to be hosted by ICE vice president Quentin Leiper and RIBA president Jack Pringle.

Each event will also be attended by representatives from ICE and RIBA local associations.

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