Former chancellors of the Exchequer Lord Healey, Lord Howe, Lord Lawson, Lord Lamont and Kenneth Clarke MP will give a series of public lectures at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), starting on Thursday 28 October.
Lord Healey of Riddlesden will give the first in the series on Thursday 28 October, speaking on Why the Treasury is so Difficult and focusing on his time in office and the challenges he faced.
This series will provide a unique insight into the thoughts and actions of the holders of one of the most difficult posts within British government. Each speaker will shed light on the challenges faced during their time in office and provide a personal account of how these were tackled.
The series begins in the mid 1970s and spans three decades, a period which included major events such as: the winter of discontent; the development and implementation of Thatcherite economics; Britain's membership of the European Union including the withdrawal of Britain from the ERM on Black Wednesday 1992 and the continuing debate over the single currency and the challenges Britain has faced from globalisation.
Dennis Healey was chancellor of the Exchequer from 1974-79, under both Harold Wilson and James Callaghan.
Professor Lord Desai will chair this event.
Why the Treasury is so Difficult is on Thursday 28 October at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.
To reserve a press seat for this event, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The series continues with:
Lord Howe of Aberavon: Can 364 Economists All Be Wrong?
Tuesday 9 November, 6.30pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
Lord Lawson of Blaby: Changing the Concensus
Monday 15 November, 6.30pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
Lord Lamont of Lerwick: Out of the Ashes
Tuesday 23 November, 6.30pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
Kenneth Clarke MP: The Quest for the Holy Grail - Low Inflation and Growth
Monday 29 November, 6.30pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
22 October 2004