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Laying the foundations for a Labour century

  • Date(s)
    8 December 2014
  • Time
    17:30-19:00
  • Location
    Grand Committee Room off Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament, Westminster
Laying the foundations for a Labour century

From the decline in trust and engagement in political institutions, the rise of emerging economies, increasing global instability to rapid technological changing making existing jobs redundant, the centre-left movement needs to think hard about how to harness the unstoppable forces of change for good rather than attempting to reverse them.

This event will bring together politicians, policymakers, academic experts and representatives from business, trades unions and NGOs to build on the debate started in the publication Laying the Foundations for a Labour Century (edited by John Woodcock MP and Liz Kendall MP). The pamphlet brings together ideas on how the centre-left can maintain its electoral appeal and remain an effective force for progress amidst the major economic and political challenges of our times.  

Moderator and Opening Remarks:

Peter Mandelson, president, Policy Network, former UK first secretary of state, business secretary and EU trade commissioner

Laying the Foundations for a Labour Century:

John Woodcock, Labour and Co-operative MP for Barrow and Furness and chair, Progress

Liz Kendall, Labour MP for Leicester West and shadow minister for care and older people

Response - The Unravelling of Western Prosperity - and What it Means for Labour:

Andrew Gamble, emeritus professor of politics, University of Cambridge

UK Political Challenges - 2015 and Beyond:


Rafael Behr, columnist, The Guardian

Isabel Hardman, assistant editor, The Spectator

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