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The Verdict: did Labour change Britain?

BritishGovernment@LSE public lecture  

Date: Tuesday 16 November 2010 
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Polly Toynbee, David Walker

We've had Mandelson's memoirs, Blair's book and Brown biographies: in this lecture Polly Toynbee and David Walker look at what the Labour government in power from 1997 meant for people's lives by charting what it accomplished.

Incessant policy making and - after a delay - a big expansion of public investment: what did they add up to? What effect did the new hospitals have on health? Did improved school attainment affect relative life chances? Labour's legislative activism was often manic, producing the Human Rights Act and devolution within the UK but also multiple criminal justice acts with only marginal effects on crime. Toynbee and Walker, authors of Better or Worse, and Did Things Get Better - summations of Labour in 2001 and 2005 - draw a rounded picture of the 13 years, looking at Labour on the arts, culture, long distance parks, carbon reduction, as well as fiscal stewardship and prison building.

Here's what Labour did, and didn't do, presenting ammunition for Labour's enemies, yes, but also a powerful reminder of what the Blair-Brown governments achieved.

Polly Toynbee is an author and a political and social commentator for the Guardian.

David Walker edits Public and was formerly chief leader writer of the Independent.

They are co-authors of The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain?

Please click here for Polly Toynbee and David Walker's latest article on the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog.

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