The Business Secretary is confirmed among a group of politicians due to speak at the event in Birmingham, November 17-19. Others include further education minister Kevin Brennan, Schools Secretary Ed Balls, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and shadow skills secretary David Willetts. Margaret Eaton, chair of the Local Government Association, is also due to make an address.
Peter Mandelson is set to be the star attraction at the Association of Colleges conference this year
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