Summer Lecture on Future of Social Democracy: fully booked
In just 10 days our high-profile Summer Lecture 'The Future of Social Democracy' is now fully booked: delivered by Dr Jon Cruddas MP the lecture will take place from 6pm - 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 September 2009 at the LSE Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, Aldwych, London WC2A 2AE. You can still request to be put on the reserve list for a ticket.
On the one hand with the crisis of capitalism and the systemic failure of free markets, coupled with the election of Barack Obama in the United States, centre-left politics is getting far more interesting and it would seem that the opportunity for seismic change is greater now than at any point for a generation, indeed some including Compass have called this a ‘centre-left moment'. Yet on the other hand across Europe we've seen the resurgence of right-wing parties to the electoral demise of those on the left, and here in Britain we've paid witness to the growing threat of hard-right parties like the BNP.
So how should the left respond to the interconnected political opportunities and threats posed at the beginning of the 21st century? How should social democrats respond to the current political and economic crises? Can the centre-left in Britain still realise the dream of a progressive century? Or is the ascendency of David Cameron's ‘New Conservatives' an inevitable and unstoppable electoral force? Can the Labour Party renew and revive itself, or like the Liberal Party at the turn of the last century is it resigned to being an ever diminishing force in British politics? What would a new 21st century social democratic politics look like? How do we build alliances and coalitions for change and address the challenge of sustainability, growing inequality and the democratic crisis? How do we create the good society? What are the prospects for a social democratic future?
Addressing all of these issues will be Dr Jon Cruddas MP. Jon, who came 3rd in Labour's Deputy Leadership contest, has been described as the party's most influential backbench MP. Most recently he co-authored with Andrea Nahles (Vice President of the German SPD) Building the Good Society, he co-authored with Jonathan Rutherford Is The Future Conservative and in June delivered a keynote speech at the Compass No Turning Back conference which was warmly greeted with a rapturous standing ovation.
James Purnell, Polly Toynbee and Steve Webb all confirmed to respond
The lecture will be followed by critical and varying responses from key figures. Confirmed respondents include: The Guardian's Polly Toynbee; Rt Hon James Purnell MP Director of the Demos Open Left project and Steve Webb MP from the Liberal Democrats.
This event is currently fully booked, however you can request to be put on the reserve list for a ticket
Tickets to this timely and highly thought-provoking event cost just £7 waged or £5 Compass members/unwaged/concessions.
A ticket guarantees your place at the event plus a printed booklet of Jon's speech that will be sent to all participants after the lecture.
To be put on the reserve list to buy a ticket to attend this event: Please email the Compass Office.
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