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.”   

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

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