British Government @ LSE Past Events.
The British Government @ LSE programme has seen a number of high profile speakers and debates on campus.
Below are summaries of the events we have had in 2012 with a link to a page dedicated to each theme.
A Life In Politics / Elections / The Future Of The Union / Health of our Institutions Today / Hot Topics / Parliamentary Select Committees / Research Seminars / The New Coalition Government
17th October 2012
28th February 2013
5th March 2013
This theme covers the referendum on the AV voting system, the success of the left in Europe and Lord reform.
Scotland: ‘Independence and Responsibility: the future of Scotland’ - Alex Salmond
Northern Ireland: Martin McGuinness
Wales: Carwyn Jones
England: Lord Heseltine
London: Boris Johnson
This theme discusses the state of the various that make up modern day Britain.
Should the Human Rights Act be replaced with a New Bill of Rights?
Will Competition Improve the NHS?
The Civil Service - Gus O'Donnell
Foreign Policy in the UK Courts - Jonathan Sumption
Will elected police Commissioners improve police accountability?
Book Launch: Progressive Capitalism
Date: Thursday 6 March 2014
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Speaker: Lord Sainsbury
Progressive Capitalism: How to achieve economic growth, liberty and social justice with Lord Sainsbury: what role the state should play in supporting UK industry.
Recordings to follow shortly.
These European Elections Matter
Date: Thursday, 23rd January
Time:18:30 - 20:00
Speaker: Nigel Farage
The British Constitution
Date: Wednesday 20th November
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Speakers: Martin Loughlin and Vernon Bogdanor (Kings)
The Politics Of Representation
Date: Monday, 18th November 2013
Time: 18.30 - 20:00
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Tanni Grey-Thompson, Simon Hix, Joni Lovenduski, Anne Phillips
Chair: Elizabeth Chapman
Book Launch: At Power's Elbow
Date: Wednesday 13 November 2013
Time: 18:30 - 19:45
Speakers: Andrew Blick, Bernard Donoughue, George Jones
Book Launch: In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government By Matthew D'Ancona
Date: Thursday 31 October 2013
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre.
Anthony King and Ivor Crewe: The Blunders of Our Governments
Date: Monday 16th September 2013
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: NAB 1.04
Further detail: Unfortunately there is no recording of this event but photos are available here.
Where should we put Britain's hub airport(s)?
Date: 27th June 2013 18:30-20:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre
Chair: Tony Travers
Paul Kehoe, Bridget Rosewell, Colin Matthews, Roger Vickerman
Charles Moore: Margaret Thatcher- Not For Turning
Date:Thursday 25 April 2013
Venue: LSE Old Theatre
Speaker: Charles Moore
Chair: Tony Travers
Not For Turning is the first volume of Charles Moore's authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and one of the most influential political figures of the postwar era.
Mark Hoban - Britain's Labour Market: Confounding The Sceptics
Wednesday 6th March 2013
Presented by British Government @ LSE and LSE Civil Service and Public Policy Alumni Group.
Nick Robinson: Live from Downing Street: The inside story of power, politics and the media
Live from Downing Street is the BBC’s political editor’s colourful and personal account of the relationship between the men and women who wield power and those whose job it is to tell the public what they are doing.
Philip Gould: An Unfinished Life, edited by Dennis Kavanagh.
Professor Dennis Kavanagh launched his new book of essays about the New Labour figure Philip Gould, one of the most important people in the history of the Labour party and modern British politics.
Distilling the Frenzy - Peter Hennessy
Peter Hennessy examined the special considerations that apply to writing the history of one’s own times, with particular reference to themes running through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
How Labour’s Traditions can Renew Beveridge for the 21st Century - Liam Byrne
Liam Byrne MP used this speech to outline how the Labour party is renewing Beveridge’s original ideas with an emphasis on responsibility rather than entitlement.
Memoirs - Peter Hain
Peter Hain MP discussed his time as an anti-apartheid campaigner, his time in the Labour party, his belief in Libertarian Socialism and his and Labour’s future in conversation about his book of memoirs.
The British Economy: Past and Future - Alistair Darling
Alistair Darling MP discussed his time as chancellor and his thoughts on the future economically and politically.
What About Women?
Each campaign for the mayor of London was represented in a debate on what each would do on various areas of policy with regards to women, such as the role of quotas.
This theme concerns the work of Parliamentary Select Committees and their role in scrutinising the executive. It is our intention to have the chair of every Select Committee.
Public accounts select committee - Bernard Jenkin
Bernard Jenkin MP gave an insight into the workings of the Public Accounts Select Committee including the changing role of select committees as a whole with newly elected Chairs. He stressed the role the committee plays in seeking high standards of governance.
Work of the Select Committees - Sir Alan Beith
Sir Alan Beith discussed his experience on select committees and what roles they have to play in the UK parliamentary structure.
The research seminar series is a new theme for the academic year 2012/2013. This theme sees LSE academics discuss their own work.
Seminar 1: Week 4
31st October 2012
Devo max for London? Urban government and fiscal autonomy
Seminar 2: Week 7
21st November 2012
Monetary policy and the financial crisis 2006-2009.
Seminar 3: Week 10
12th December 2012
Nudge verses Budge
Seminar 4: Week 4
6th February 2013
Nudge theory and the nanny state
Julian Le Grand Nudge-LSE-2013
Seminar 5: Week 7
27th February 2013
Reappraising Political Power
Seminar 6: Week 10
20th March 2013
Political communications in the age of austerity
This series of events covers the new British Coalition Government