News and events

News

David Willetts and Lord Maurice Glasman to debate the future of progressive politics at the University of Westminster

Politics and International Relations 4 June 2013

University of Westminster flag

Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts MP and Labour peer Lord Maurice Glasman will join former Leader of the Canadian Liberal Party, Michael Ignatieff at the University of Westminster tomorrow, Wednesday 5 June, to discuss the future of progressive politics at the Demos 20th anniversary lecture. 

The lecture titled “The Pressures of Progress” will be followed by a panel discussion with  David Willetts and Lord Glasman, as well as Richard Sennett, Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Alison Wolf, Director of Public Services Policy and Management at King’s College London. The debate will address the challenges of coalition politics in the twenty-first century and the growing gap between political elites and ordinary voters.

The anniversary lecture celebrates the work of Demos, Britain’s leading cross-party think tank.  It will be chaired by Demos Director David Goodhart with introductions by Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Westminster.

Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Westminster, said: “The University of Westminster is proud to host such an esteemed panel debate for the 20th anniversary lecture of Demos at a time when progressive politics is at a crossroads in Britain and across Europe and we face great political-economic challenges. The Demos lecture will be a unique opportunity to gain insight into the political landscape in the coming decade and to hear the thoughts of leading political experts on such a topical and contemporary issue.”   

Further information on the event is available on http://www.demos.co.uk/events/michael-ignatieff
Media passes are available upon request.

The Pressures of Progress: a Twentieth birthday lecture
Wednesday, 5 June 2013 at 6pm
University of Westminster
309 Regent Street
London
W1B 2HW


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


For the media


For the media

Here we hope you find everything you will need to research, write and publish your story or blog post.

Press office

Please contact our press agency for any media enquiries regarding University of Westminster on

T: +44 (0)20 3697 4200
E: universityofwestminster@fourbroadgate.com