The New Political Landscape 2015

Published: 10 November 2015 at 16:13

A series of public lectures at Anglia Ruskin University

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2015. David Cameron wins an election unexpectedly. Jeremy Corbyn wins an election, even more unexpectedly. Have we now entered an age defined by a new kind of politics? Or do both political figures offer more of the same? Has politics been changed by the 2008 Crash? Are there alternatives to austerity and neo-Liberalism? Can politics be made meaningful to a disillusioned younger generation?

The Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge is inviting a range of leading politicians and political commentators to explore this new landscape in different ways. The series, which is open to the general public, also celebrates the creation of the new BA (Hons) Politics degree at Anglia Ruskin.

For more information please contact Professor Rohan McWilliam. All talks are held on the Cambridge campus of Anglia Ruskin University. Admission is free and you do not need to book. Full details of the individual lectures are available below.




Tim Bale

‘The Report of my Death was an Exaggeration’: Party Membership in 21st Century Britain’

Wednesday 18 November 2015, 6.00-7.30
Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB) 026

Professor Tim Bale (Queen Mary, University of London)

Tim Bale is one of Britain’s leading experts on modern politics. He is the author of The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron (2010) and Five Year Mission: The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband (2015).




Richard Murphy

Corbynomics and the Joy of Tax

Wednesday 25 November 2015, 6.00-7.00
Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB) 026

Professor Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy is a leading economist who is credited with shaping the economic strategy of Jeremy Corbyn but also advises trade unions on tax policy. He is the author of The Joy of Tax (2015) and a founder of the Tax Justice Network.




Peter Wilby

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour’s Saviour or Nemesis

Wednesday 2 December 2015, 5.30-7.00
Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB) 002

Peter Wilby is one of Britain’s leading journalists and commentators on political events. He is a former editor of the Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman.