The Conservative Party Autumn Conference began on Sunday 2 October, in Manchester. Speaking on the first day energy minister Charles Hendry declared the Government's commitment to "rebuild the power sector". Hendry said that as a result of the previous Governments' neglect, Britain's energy security is at risk, with a third of the UK's coal plant set to close by 2015 and all nuclear plant due to decommission by 2023. He said the heart of the Government energy policy is energy security, and pledged that the Coalition would do more to incentivise investment, create jobs and protect consumers. "Britain led the world in the industrial revolution; as we face a new industrial revolution, an energy revolution, we are determined to make sure it does so again", he added.