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The Future for Democracy: politics in a spectator society

LSE and Fabian Society Public Lecture

Date: Wednesday 28 June 2006
Time: 5.00pm
: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP
Chair: Sunder Katwala

Rapid technological change has brought with it major implications for democratic engagement. In his first speech as Leader of the House of Commons, The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP makes the case for politics as the force which can bond an increasingly atomised world.

The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP was appointed Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal in May 2006. Previously, Mr Straw was Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, serving in that post from June 2001 until May 2006.

In his current role he is responsible for the arrangement of government business in the House of Commons, and for planning and supervising the Government's legislative programme (LP). Mr Straw also has responsibility for government policy on the reform of the House of Lords and on political party funding. He chairs seven Cabinet committees, including Constitutional Affairs and the Legislative Programme committees, which have a central role in the development of the Government's programme. In addition, he is chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee on Modernisation.

Sunder Katwala is General Secretary of the Fabian Society.  The Fabian Society is Britain's leading left-of-centre think-tank and political society, committed to creating the political ideas and policy debates which can shape the future of progressive politics. For more information about the Fabian Society, including how to join it, please visit www.fabian-society.org.uk.

Ticket Information

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required.
Update: 4.20pm Friday 16 June

All tickets for LSE students have been allocated.

The online ticket request form is now closed as all tickets for members of the public, LSE staff and alumni have now been allocated.  Tickets for this event will be distributed of as Monday 19 June. Any applicants who were unsuccessful in their ticket request will be advised as soon as possible.

If you have not been successful in requesting a ticket then please note the following:

Returns Queue
There will be a returns queue in operation for this event. Shortly before the event starts we will fill any empty seats left by ticket holders with people from the returns queue. The returns queue will be located outside the entrance to the Old Theatre. Entry is not guaranteed to this event via the returns queue.

For further information please email events@lse.ac.uk.


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