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Thu, 20 Jun


The Conduit

UK Elections

Join Will Hutton, a best-selling author, political economist and commentator, for this special event on the UK general election.

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UK Elections
UK Elections

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20 Jun 2024, 18:00 – 19:15

The Conduit, 6 Langley St, London WC2H 9JA, UK

About the event

Inflation has reached the Bank of England's target for the first time in nearly three years, placing the economy front and centre in the lead-up to the general election on July 4. With all major parties debating how they would keep the cost of living under control, we're joined by the nation's foremost political economist to provide insights and analysis.

From the Iraq War to the financial collapse, from austerity to Brexit, and even more easily forgotten events like the MP’s expenses scandal, Britain has faced a relentless series of crises since 2000. Each crisis has compounded the next, making disaster feel like the new normal.

After 14 years of government by the Conservative Party, polls, bookmakers and most Westminster insiders believe Labour is on course for a seismic election victory when the country goes to the polls on 4 July. Every thinking person knows that a great change is needed in our country, we explore how to remake Britain.

Will Hutton is a political economist, author, think tank and academic leader and columnist. Hutton's books include the bestselling The State We're In, How Good We Can Be, The World We're In and The Writing on the Wall. He is currently President of the Academy of Social Sciences ( since 2021) regular columnist for the Observer ( since 1996) and co-chairs the Purposeful Company ( since 2015) – a think tank who argues that companies’ intrinsic purpose should drive their strategy, values and ultimately profit. He also chairs the advisory board of the Fairness Foundation.

Andrew Hindmoor is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, and Co-Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute. He has edited the journal Political Studies and is currently an Associate Editor of New Political Economy.

Isabel Hilton is an international journalist, broadcaster and author who writes on geopolitics, climate change and China.  Founder of China Dialogue, a visiting Professor, the Lau Institute KCL and contributing editor of Prospect Magazine.  She has worked for The Sunday Times and The Independent and presented the BBC’s flagship news programme, The World Tonight and the arts programme Nightwaves; she was a columnist for The Guardian, a staff writer for the New Yorker etc.

This Time no Mistakes: How to remake Britain  and Haywire: A Political History of Britain since 2000 will be available on sale at the venue.


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