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'Red Tory guru' to attend NHF's Leaders' Forum

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Regulation

Phillip Blond Phillip Blond

A man described as a "Red Tory guru" is to speak at the NHF's (National Housing Federation) Leaders' Forum & Exhibition.

Phillip Blond, director of the think tank ResPublica, will address chief executives and board members alongside the Guardian's Polly Toynbee, the Sunday Times' economic editor, David Smith, and Richard Blakeway, London's deputy mayor.

The Forum will explore whether or not the sector will receive the support promised to it by the Government, and what effect welfare reform will have on social housing as a whole.

Mr Blond became known as David Cameron’s "Red Tory guru" in 2009, after writing a series of articles for national newspapers that argued for a 'traditionalist conservatism' that railed both against the state and big business.

The Telegraph has called him a "driving force" behind the Prime Minister's Big Society plans. Other commentators have not been so kind.

The Forum will be held at London's Grange Tower Bridge Hotel between 25-26 February, and Mr Blond will be taking part in a session on what opportunities the Social Value Act could provide for housing associations.

The NHF's chief executive, David Orr, said: “This conference gives leaders from around the sector an opportunity to discuss how they can expand the importance and impact of the work they are doing without compromising their bottom line.

“It will also explore the latest thinking on robust business strategies that will keep them ahead of the game, as well as examine their approach to governance and its impact on their business. But, more importantly, it’ll give them a chance to contribute their thinking to a rapidly changing agenda.”

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