Labour Party

Annual Conference 2017

Relieving the pressure: pharmacy’s role in saving the NHS

Labour Party Annual Conference 2017
Monday 25 September
18.00 – 20.00
Chartwell Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel


Julie Cooper MP

MP for Burnley and Padiham, and Shadow Minister for Community Health

Julie Cooper was elected as the Member for Burnley and Padiham in 2015. She was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Community Health in October 2016. She also served as a member of the Health Select Committee from October 2015 to October 2016.

Julie is a qualified teacher of English, a former business owner and a proud supporter and season ticket holder at Burnley Football Club. Julie served as a Councillor for the Bank Hall Ward from 2005. During this time she has held several positions of responsibility including being Councillor Leader from 2012-2014.


Jeremy Taylor

Chief Executive, National Voices

Jeremy Taylor is chief executive of National Voices, the national coalition of health and care charities for England and is regularly called upon as a representative, expert advisor, writer, commentator and speaker on patient issues.

He has featured for the last three years in the Health Service Journal annual list of 100 people with the greatest influence in health and is also listed in the Local Government Chronicle/Health Service Journal list of 50 people doing the most to promote more integrated care.  Among his current commitments he is a member of the BMJ advisory board and the London Health Commission under Lord Darzi.

Joining the voluntary sector in 2007 and was previously a senior official at HM Treasury.


Dr James Noyes

Head of Policy and Strategy at ResPublica

Dr. James Noyes is Head of Policy and Strategy at ResPublica. Prior to joining their team, he was a lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).

James has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and is a graduate of Christ’s College. His first book, The Politics of Iconoclasm, was acclaimed by reviewers as an important study of culture, conflict and the nation state. He holds honorary fellowships at both the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and UCL Culture at University College London.


Ian Strachan

Chairman of the National Pharmacy Association

Ian Strachan has been Chair of the NPA since 2014. His career includes five years as a forensic scientist at the Home Office Forensic Science Laboratories in Aldermaston, Reading, before undertaking his pharmacy degree and graduating from Brighton University in 1985. Qualifying in 1986, Ian has held pharmacy manager positions in both the independent and multiple sectors. He gained a PGCE in Education in 1996  and taught on the GCSE syllabus in mainstream education.

Over the past ten years he has held a number of consultancy roles within the consumer healthcare industry and has also been a contributing editor for a number of pharmacy  publications. He owns and runs four pharmacies in North West England – Strachans Chemist.


James Cusick


James Cusick is former political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight.

He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.



Check Your Blood Pressure!

Location: Stand Number 138

Had a long night? Feeling under the weather? Conference stressing you out? Get advice from our pharmacists and have your blood pressure checked using our state-of-the-art machines. As you take a load off, learn more about how pharmacy can relieve pressure on our hard pressed GPs and A&E departments.