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W G Runciman
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Press Release - 08 May 2006

Public lecture: What has happened to the Labour Party’s ideals?

Labour’s unexpected 1945 election victory now looks less like the start of a new era in British politics than the concluding episode of an old one, according to a leading academic who will be giving a public lecture next week (Tuesday 16 May 2006).

W G (Garry) Runciman, from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, will ask whether the Labour Party had to move as far to the Right as it has in recent years in order to win and retain power.

He will also explore whether British society has changed so much that the principles that swept the Atlee government into power in 1945 have lost their electoral appeal.

Lord Runciman was President of the British Academy from 2001 to 2005 and also chaired the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice in England and Wales that led to the establishment of the Independent Criminal Cases Review Commission to investigate possible miscarriages of justice.

He is also the author of numerous academic books and articles, including: Relative Deprivation and Social Justice, A Critique of Max Weber's Philosophy of Social Science, the three volume A Treatise on Social Theory and The Social Animal.

The Gerald Walters Memorial Lecture will take place at 7.00 pm in lecture theatre 8 West 1.1 on the University of Bath campus on Tuesday 16 May 2006.

Tickets for the lecture are free but need to be reserved from Clare Henderson on 01225 383 400.

The lecture series is named after Dr Gerald Walters who was the first Reader in the Humanities at the University of Bath and established a reputation for himself for both his scholarship and political achievements.

After his sudden death at an early age in 1970 the University established the Gerald Walters Memorial Lecture as the first public lecture series following the granting of the University's charter in 1966.

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