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Osborne and Turner lead list at ABI conference

Conservative Shadow Chancellor George Osborne and FSA chairman Adair Turner are just two of the high-profile names speaking at the Association of British Insurers’ biennial conference, in partnership with Money Marketing and KPMG.

Osborne will discuss Tory thinking on regulatory and market reform as the UK edges closer to a general election while Turner will give his view on the future of regulation in Britain.

The June 9 event will see leading figures from the financial services, government and consumer groups discuss ways in which the insurance sector can contribute to economic recovery by focusing on high standards of customer service, innovative products and policy.

Other speakers include Bank of England deputy governor Paul Tucker, Chatham House chairman Dr DeAnne Julius and Aegon’s Otto Thoresen.

The retail distribution review, improving access to insurance, climate change and the future of health funding will also be covered during the event.

To book you place or for more details, go to abiconferencejune09


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