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UKIP's threat to Labour?

  • Date(s)
    31 March 2014
  • Time
    17:00 - 18:30
  • Location
    Policy Network, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, SW1P 3QB
UKIP's threat to Labour?

Policy Network will host an event to discuss Rob Ford and Matthew Goodwin’s forthcoming book, Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain.

The rise of Nigel Farage and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has generated a fierce debate over the roots of UKIP's support, and what the party tells us about the state of modern British politics. But much of this debate continues to misunderstand both the party and their support. At this event, Dr Matthew Goodwin (University of Nottingham) will present findings from his new book with Dr Robert Ford (University of Manchester), Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the UK Independence Party, published by Routledge.

The talk will examine the profile and attitudes of over 100,000 British voters, including a large number of self-identified UKIP supporters, and interviews with key UKIP insiders. Drawing on this wealth of new data, Goodwin will show why the most successful revolt against the three main parties for a generation matters for Labour, and consider its potential at both the 2014 European Parliament election and the 2015 general election.

  • How much are UKIP ‘gunning for Labour’?
  • What impact will they have on traditional Labour constituencies in the decade to come, and how will they adapt their message?
  • How should Labour respond?

This event forms a contribution to the Policy Network and Barrow Cadbury Trust project on ‘Understanding the Populist Signal’, which seeks to explore how and why populism can be seen as both a threat and a corrective to liberal democracy and the health of political parties and public institutions.

Presentation:
Robert Ford, lecturer in politics at the University of Manchester

Respondents:
Jacqui Smith, former Labour MP and former Home Secretary
John McTernan
, former head of communications to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and a former senior adviser to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman
Natascha Engel, Labour MP for North East Derbyshire and chair of the Backbench Business Committee
Sunder Katwala, director of British Future

Chair:
Patrick Diamond
, vice-chair of Policy Network

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