David Davis, John Denham and Baroness Sarah Ludford are to pioneer a landmark parliamentary scheme with LSE's Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). They will work with the IPA on policy issues, assisting on the effective deployment of academic work in the political and policy arenas.
Welcoming his new colleagues to the IPA offices, the Institute’s Director, Professor Conor Gearty, said: ‘The IPA is dedicated to assisting in the wider dissemination of LSE scholarship so that it can reach and influence policy makers in government and wider political circles. I can imagine no one better at doing this than these three independent-minded parliamentarians. Each of them has an immense amount of relevant experience to bring to the IPA, and in turn we hope to be able to assist them in their own policy work.
David Davis is a leading figure on the Conservative backbenches, best known for being a strong defender of civil liberties. He is a former Foreign Office Minister and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.
The Labour MP John Denham is a former PPS to Ed Miliband who has held a variety of Ministerial posts, including Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Sarah Ludford was a Liberal Democrat MEP until 2014, and an LSE alumna who has been a member of the House of Lords since 1997. She brings to the scheme her experience as the Liberal Democrat European spokeswoman on justice & human rights and European sub-committees on civil liberties, justice & home affairs and human rights.
Notes to editors
The Institute of Public Affairs is one of the world's leading centres of public policy. It aims to debate and address some of the major issues of our time, whether international or national, through its established teaching programmes, its research and its highly innovative public-engagement initiatives.
For further information, please contact:
Joanna Bale, Senior Press Officer, LSE, firstname.lastname@example.org or 07831 609679, or Jack Bailey, IPA Communications Officer, email@example.com or 0207 107 5195.
11 June 2014