• SEP 24

    The Year of Living Dangerously: Claire Fox at Wigtown Book Festival

    • 24 Sep 2016
    • Festival Marquee, Wigtown Square, Wigtown, DG8 9HL

    The year 2016 has been the most turbulent in living memory with the established order taking a beating. It has given us Brexit and Donald Trump, politicians falling (and refusing to fall) on their swords, and a wave of terror attacks across Europe. The backdrop has been one of unease and anger. What lessons might history offer and what might the future...

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  • SEP 23

    Malcolm Rifkind at Wigtown Book Festival

    • 23 Sep 2016
    • Festival Marquee, Wigtown Square, Wigtown, DG8 9HL

    From battling Mrs Thatcher over Scotland to negotiating with Gorbachev and overseeing Britain’s security services, Sir Malcolm Rifkind was at the forefront of British politics for more than three decades. As he enters political retirement, the former Foreign and Defence Secretary discusses his memoir. Sponsored by Andrew Plunkett Steel Buildings...

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  • SEP 21

    Joan Ruddock: Going Nowhere at Blackheath Halls

    • 21 Sep 2016
    • 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ

    The story of Joan Ruddock, born in the Welsh valleys, who came to lead one of Britain’s biggest protest movements, and went on to address the United Nations and become an MP and minister, is remarkable. After her election to the Commons in 1987, Joan held three consecutive shadow portfolios and, by 1997, was thought to be on the fast track to high...

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  • SEP 13

    Crisis on the left: the future of progressive politics

    • 13 Sep 2016
    • Islington Assembly Hall, London, N1 2UD

    £15 plus £1.11 booking fee Partners/Patrons save £4.11 (20% off and no fees) Since the 2015 general election delivered an unexpected outright majority to the Conservative party and a landslide victory for the SNP in Scotland, the landscape of British politics has been radically altered. A divisive referendum on the EU further exposed faultlines...

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  • SEP 10

    Kenny MacAskill at Edinburgh Speaker’s Festival

    • 10 Sep 2016
    • Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL

    On 21 December 1988, Pan Am flight 103 departed London Heathrow for New York. Shortly after take-off, a bomb detonated, killing all aboard and devastating the small Scottish town of Lockerbie below. Only one man has ever been convicted of the crime: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, though few believe that he acted alone. In 2009, following a request for the...

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  • SEP 10

    John Plender at Edinburgh Speaker’s Festival

    • 10 Sep 2016
    • Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL

    In the West, capitalism has lifted millions out of poverty. The trail blazed by Japan is being followed by other emerging market countries across the globe, creating prosperity on a breath-taking scale. Yet capitalism is unloved and voices compete to point out that the system allows powerful elites to grab an ever larger share of the collective wealth...

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  • AUG 21

    Kenny MacAskill at Edinburgh International Book Festival

    • 21 Aug 2016
    • Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Edinburgh International Book Festival

    UNLOCKING LOCKERBIE In 2009, then Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill controversially granted the release on compassionate grounds of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only man ever convicted for the Lockerbie Bombing in 1988. Now MacAskill has written his own account of the terrorist attack, the trial and the turmoil that has ensued. With forensic detail...

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  • AUG 13

    Malcolm Rifkind at Edinburgh International Book Festival

    • 13 Aug 2016
    • Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Edinburgh International Book Festival

    MEMOIR OF AN EDINBURGH MAN As the longest serving minister of the 20th century, Defence Minister and Foreign Secretary in Thatcher’s government and more recently Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Malcolm Rifkind has witnessed the monumental political moments of recent times. He joins us to share the highs and lows of his astonishing career,...

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  • JUL 25

    Power and Pragmatism by Sir Malcolm Rifkind – An LSE IDEAS public lecture

    • 25 Jul 2016
    • Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

    Chaired by Professor Michael Cox For almost forty years, Malcolm Rifkind served at the forefront of British politics. In this lecture, Sir Malcolm will give a lively account of his years in government and opposition, detailing his involvement in some of recent history’s most important events. This event marks the launch of Sir Malcolm's new book...

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  • JUL 24

    James D. Boys at Lewes Speakers' Festival

    • 24 Jul 2016
    • All Saints Centre

    Hillary Rising: The Politics, Persona and Policies of a New American Dynasty On 12th April 2015, Hillary Clinton formally announced her intention to run for President, casting herself as the 'champion of everyday Americans'. With universal name recognition and the promise to make history as the first female occupant of the Oval Office, all seems set...

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