Open Left launch: Where to for the British Left?
- 20th July 2009, 06:00PM
- The Auditorium, The Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP
James Purnell, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde
Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham
Will Hutton, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Work Foundation
Jess Search, Chief Executive of the Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation and the BRITDOC Festival
Lewis Iwu, Trustee of Debate Mate and former President of the Oxford University Student Union
The UK is embroiled in major political and economic crises. Now more than ever we need fresh new approaches to increasingly intractable policy problems. But today's uncertainties also require us to rethink our political values and beliefs. The terms ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ are tossed about in political debate, yet there is no consensus about what being on the Left means in the UK. Whether it is the collapse of communism; the current crisis of capitalism; the tide of globalisation; the emergence of identity politics; the diversity of modern society; or the challenge of climate change, what it means to be on the Left in the UK has never been more contentious.
Demos is delighted to host an evening of debate and conversation about the future of the Left, and to launch Open Left, a major new Demos project on this theme. The event will consist of a panel discussion and Q&A with speakers including James Purnell MP, Jon Cruddas MP, Will Hutton, and Jess Search, followed by a drinks reception.
Please note that the venue for this event has changed. It will now take place at the Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.