Home > News and media > News > News archive > 2005 > LSE and The Times Join the Debate UK Election Series: Britain and Europe


LSE and The Times Join the Debate UK Election Series: Britain and Europe

Page Contents >

What is Britain's relationship with Europe, and where do all three political parties stand? With a referendum on the European constitution promised by all three main parties, should Britain adopt or reject this new treaty?

Graham Brady MP, Sir Menzies Campbell MP and Denis MacShane MP will debate Britain and Europe as part of the LSE and The Times Join the Debate UK Election Series events on Monday 21 March.

They will consider what would be the priorities of each party for Britain's presidency of the EU for the second half of 2005, and should Britain be preparing for membership of the Euro, or would that threaten the economic growth the UK has enjoyed for more than a decade, since leaving the ERM in 1992.


  • Graham Brady is the Conservative shadow minister for Europe, having been appointed in September 2004.
  • Sir Menzies Campbell is Liberal Democrat shadow secretary of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs and deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats.
  • Dr Denis MacShane was appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs on 11 June 2001. He was promoted to minister for Europe on 28 October 2002.

Britain and Europe is on Monday 21 March at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. To request a ticket, click here|


  • Members of the public: o request a ticket, click here
  • Press: To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk 


The debate series concludes on Wednesday 23 March with The Education Debate. Speakers: Tim Collins, Conservative shadow secretary of state for education, Phil Willis, Liberal Democrat shadow secretary of state for education, Labour education minister to be confirmed. For more information, click here|

Press cuttings

Protester in suicide bomber's outfit sent back to jail (8 Feb 06)
Last night, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, warned 'freedom of speech does not mean the freedom to incite crime'. In a speech at LSE, he said freedom of speech was an 'embedded' part of the constitution, but he emphasised it came with 'duties and responsibilities'. Also mentioned in the Press Association.

Comment & Analysis (23 March 05)
Graham Brady, the shadow minister for Europe, was debating his visions to ditch Euro-laws and adopt legislation from much further afield at LSE on Monday.

The Backbencher: Budgeting for the election (16 March 05)
Events this week: Britain and Europe. Europe minister Denis MacShane, Tory shadow Graham Brady MP, and Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman Sir Menzies Campbell MP. 

16 March 2005