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John Edwards to speak at LSE: Towards a New Egalitarianism

John Edwards, 2004 vice presidential candidate for the Democrats, will give a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Wednesday 25 May. His lecture is titled Towards a New Partnership: America, Europe and the New World.

This event, organised by LSE in conjunction with Policy Network, marks the upcoming launch of The New Egalitarianism (Polity Press, June 2005) edited by Anthony Giddens, former director of LSE, and Patrick Diamond, a special adviser in the Prime Minister's Office.

John Edwards is the former US senator for North Carolina and 2004 vice presidential candidate for the Democrats. The son of a textile-mill worker and a postal employee, he was the first person in his family to attend college.

He spent two decades as a successful trial lawyer before turning to politics in 1998, defeating the Republican incumbent to become a US senator from North Carolina. In office, he served on the intelligence committee and supported such causes as affirmative action, abortion rights and the reform of health care insurance and campaign finance laws.

John Edwards ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, but was picked by the eventual nominee, John Kerry, as his running mate. Kerry and Edwards lost to president Bush and vice president Cheney in the November 2004 election.

Towards a New Egalitarianism is on Wednesday 25 May at 4.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. 

This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. All tickets have now been allocated. A returns queue will be in operation on the night and a live video link in the New Theatre, East Building will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 

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  • Members of the public: All tickets have now been allocated. A returns queue will be in operation on the night and a live video link in the New Theatre, East Building will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Press: To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk 

Notes:

This event marks the upcoming launch of The New Egalitarianism (Polity Press, June 2005), edited by Anthony Giddens and Patrick Diamond.

Anthony Giddens is the former director of LSE.
Patrick Diamond is a special adviser in the Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street.

The book tackles social inequality, one of the most pressing issues currently facing centre-left governments. At a time when the traditional mechanisms of social cohesion have been undermined by greater individualism, the globalisation of production and the fragmentation of social life, the challenges posed by inequality are more pronounced than ever before. 

More information at: http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=0745634303| 

Policy Network (www.policy-network.net|) is an international think-tank launched in December 2000 with the support of Tony Blair, Gerhard Schröder, Giuliano Amato and Göran Persson following the Progressive Governance Summits in New York, Florence and Berlin.

Transcript of the lecture

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Press cuttings

Financial Times Magazine
The poverty line (18 June 05)
Reference to public lecture by John Edwards, Democratic vice-president nominee at LSE. 

Associated Press
Edwards touts 'great moral cause' on poverty (15 June 05)
Former North Carolina senator, John Edwards said he is making poverty "the cause of my life" but also will spend time helping help the Democratic Party solidify its grassroots base. Reference to his meeting with Tony Blair to discuss foreign policy issues. During that visit, he delivered a high-profile speech at LSE. 

Macon
Ex-senator stays in spotlight with foreign policy work, speeches (3 June 05)
Mention of John Edwards' speech at LSE 

Also in: Kansas City Star, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Duluth News Tribune, San Luis Obispo Tribune, Biloxi Sun Herald, and many more American newspapers.

Charlotte Observer
Edwards leaves DC, stays busy (2 June 05)
Mention of John Edwards' lecture at LSE.
No direct link

Independent
John Edwards: 'Some want us to ignore those who struggle in the world' (30 May 05)
From a speech to the London School of Economics by the US Senator and Democratic vice-presidential candidate in the US elections last year. 

Financial Times
Democrat who will stand by his values (28 May 05)
In a speech at LSE hosted by Policy Network, a grouping of centre-left European politicians, John Edwards offered a political script uniting America's domestic and foreign policies around the goal of greater security.

Guardian
Labour gurus call for return to egalitarianism (25 May 05)
New Labour thinkers feel that the party should return to its founding principle of fighting poverty by increasing taxes. Such people are cooperating with John Edwards, the Democrat vice-presidential candidate, who met Tony Blair before speaking at LSE on his plan to attack the special privileged of the wealthy in the US. 

16 May 2005

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