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Lord Giddens will pick up on themes raised in his book when he speaks to the conference
Lord Giddens will pick up on themes raised in his book when he speaks to the conference

Press Release - 03 April 2007

David Blunkett and Lord Giddens to meet in Bath to discuss the future of British politics

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett and Labour peer Lord Anthony Giddens, will discuss the future of British politics at a conference in Bath next week. They will be amongst speakers at the Political Studies Association annual conference, which is to be held at the University of Bath between 11-13 April.

The conference, which has a theme of European and global politics, is the UK’s largest annual gathering of scholars and practitioners working on the study of politics and will bring over 500 participants from the UK and overseas to the University to present and discuss the latest research on politics.

In addition to talks by David Blunkett and Lord Giddens, there will be more than 300 papers presented by academics, on topics ranging from the ‘feminisation’ of David Cameron to prospects for the forthcoming French presidential election.

Lord Giddens will discuss some of the themes raised in his new book: Over to you, Mr Brown: How Labour can win again. The book looks at what Gordon Brown could do to maximise the chances of Labour achieving a fourth term. In a recent interview in The Guardian newspaper*, Lord Giddens identified changes needed in taxation, and health education and foreign policy.

He said: “New ideas are essential if Labour is effectively to counter the Conservative challenge and, even more important, rekindle enthusiasm among the electorate.”

David Blunkett was Education Secretary between 1997 and 2001, then Home Secretary, until becoming Secretary of State for Work & Pensions in the latest elections. He was forced to step down in November 2005 after reports were published on his external business dealings. Mr Blunkett will host an open roundtable discussion on New Labour & British politics.

Richard Whitman, professor of politics in the Department of European Studies & Modern Languages at the University, said: “We are really pleased to be hosting the conference. There is a real breadth to this year’s programme, with talks and papers from Bath and beyond that address a huge range of issues important to British politics today.”

Founded in 1950, the Political Studies Association aims to develop and promote the study of politics. It has over 1,600 members, including academics in political science and current affairs, theorists and practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students in higher education.

The discussion with David Blunkett will take place between 11am-12.30pm on Thursday 12 April at the Claverton Down campus. Lord Giddens is the after-dinner speaker at the conference dinner to be held in the Pump Room on the same day.

* To read the full Guardian article Labour doesn't need to be coy about its egalitarianism by Anthony Giddens, published on March 15, 2007, see the link at the top left of this page.

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