British Government @ LSE General Election 2015 Event Series
General Election 2015: key challenges facing the parties
The British general election of 2015 takes place against a remarkable backdrop of political and economic uncertainty. The country’s major parties are far less dominant than they once were. Insurgency can be seen in Scotland and parts of rural England, reducing the predictability of the outcome in many constituencies. The Scottish Nationalists, UKIP and the Greens are all building support. Constitutional reform will be offered, competitively, in party manifestos. The economy is growing strongly but problems remain, notably the weakness of tax receipts. Deficit reduction means public spending will be constrained throughout the next Parliament, raising major questions about Britain’s on-going defence and foreign policy capacity. In domestic policy, the quality of public services and growing inequality have to be tackled. It is also possible the election result will trigger an ‘in-out’ referendum on whether or not the UK should leave the European Union.
British Government @ LSE, working with departments and institutes across the School, is running a series of panels about the election, taking place between January and April. In each of these events, LSE academics will outline the key challenges facing the country and consider a range of possible responses. The panels and speakers are summarised below.
At each panel, there will be opening contributions from the speakers, followed by an open discussion involving members of the audience. In common with other LSE events, these election debates will be open to the public.
Past events are available here
LSE Election ‘Question Time’ event
Date: Thursday 30th April
Time: 1230 to 1400
Venue:Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Simon Hix, Steve Norris (Conservative), Andrew Adonis (Labour), Nona Buckley-Irvine, Jenny Jones (Green), Sarah Ludford (Lib Dem)
The LSE will be holding a students’ general election ‘Question Time’ event, involving a number of leading politicians at 1230 – 1400 on Thursday 30th April in the Wolfson Theatre. The speakers are: Steven Norris (Conservatives), Andrew Adonis (Labour), Sarah Ludford (Liberal Democrats) and Jenny Jones (Greens). Each of the participants will be asked to make a short statement about why their party is best-equipped to run the country. Members of the audience will then be able to ask questions of the panellists.
We recently ran a new Research Seminar programme where LSE academics discussed their work in their area of British Government.
This series of events is now over but we hope to begin again soon.