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The Hennessy Lecture 2017: Neil Kinnock in Conversation with Peter Hennessy
3 October 2017

Brexit will be an unmitigated disaster for the UK if the government fails to ensure a substantial transition period, according to the former leader of the Labour Party Lord Kinnock. 

Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century
1 June 2017

Just like labour in the uk, left-of-centre parties all over the world have historic ties to the trade union movement – ties aimed at helping both partners but that sometimes spark disputes between them, as well as attracting criticism from their opponents.

In Conversation with Robert Peston
11 May 2017

Robert Peston, a journalist and presenter, the Political Editor of ITV News and the host of the weekly political discussion show Peston on Sunday, joins Professor Philip Cowley in conversation to discuss Brexit Britain and general election. 

In Conversation with Nick Clegg
26 January 2017

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg joins Professor Philip Cowley in conversation to discuss the UK's withdrawal from the EU, the rise in populist politics and the future of centrist politics.

In Conversation with Yvette Cooper
19 January 2017

Yvette Cooper, chair of the Home Affairs Committee, joins Professor Philip Cowley in conversation to discuss the future of the Labour Party, her response to the refugee crisis and politics in the age of social media. 

The Crosland Legacy: The Future of British Social Democracy
7 December 2016

To mark the 60th anniversary of Anthony Crosland's influential tract The Future of Socialism, the Mile End Institute brought together key thinkers to discuss his legacy. 

Bruce Ackerman: Britain at the Constitutional Crossroads
2 December 2016

Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University delivered a lecture Britain at the Constitutional Crossroads – Court, Parliament, and Popular Sovereignty in the Twenty-First Century.

English Votes for English Laws One Year on: a critical evaluation
28 November 2016

Mile End Institute Director Professor Michael Kenny and researcher Daniel Gover present their analysis of the new procedures to allow certain issues to be decided by English MPs alone. 

What next for English devolution?
14 November 2016

Sir Bob Kerslake, Professor Jane Wills and Councillor Colin Noble joined the Mile End Institute and LGiU to assess the future of devolution in England.

Understanding Women's Work and Family Lives
8 November 2016

This symposium, co-ordinated by the Mile End Institute's Deputy Director Dr Helen McCarthy, asked what insights humanities and social science scholars, particularly social and cultural historians, can bring to ongoing policy-oriented conversations about gender equality at work and in the home.

The 1981 Uprisings at 35 Criminal Justice, Community and the State
5 November 2016

This one day conference will bring community groups, policy makers and academics together to reflect on the 35th anniversary of the Scarman Report, authored in response to the inner-city uprisings of 1981.

In Conversation with Ken Clarke
31 October 2016

Former Chancellor Ken Clarke joined Professor Philip Cowley in conversation to discuss how politics has changed over his career, the Brexit vote and the future of the Conservative Party.

The Hennessy Lecture 2016: Lord Heseltine
19 October 2016

Each year, the Mile End Institute invites a distinguished politician to reflect on the issues of the day in honour of our patron, Peter Hennessy. The 2016 Hennessy Lecture was delivered by Michael Heseltine.

In Conversation with Gisela Stuart
17 October 2016

The Mile End Institute's new series of events brings senior figures from across the political spectrum to Queen Mary University of London for an in-depth exploration of their politics. Our first guest, co-chair of the Vote Leave campaign, Labour MP, Gisela Stuart was in conversation with Professor Philip Cowley.

The EU Referendum: Morning after briefing
24 June 2016

Instant analysis of the EU referendum result by Queen Mary University of London's top experts. 

The EU Referendum: How will UK politics change?
16 June 2016

Whatever the outcome of the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, there will be serious repercussions for British politics.  The Mile End Institute and QMUL's Centre for European Research brought together a panel of experts to consider the potential fallout of the vote. 

The Olympic Legacy: how has East London changed?
7 June 2016

As Rio prepares to host this summer's Olympics, we asked how London 2012 has changed East London.  Has the promised transformation taken place? what do East London's communities feel has been the legacy of the Games? 

The Great Sovereignty Debate
6 June 2016

The Mile End Institute brought together speakers including John Redwood, Sir Stephen Wall, Marina Wheeler and Sir Bob Worcester to explore how the issue of sovereignty shapes the UK's relationship with the EU.

The EU Referendum: What would 'Out' look like?
24 May 2016

We brought together Lord John Monks, former head of the TUC and ETUC, Barbara Cullinane from the Irish Embassy, Professor Robert Tombs of Historians for Britain and Garvan Walshe of Conservatives In to discuss what Brexit might look like.

How to advise government? Routes into the policy making process
26 April 2016

What kinds of opportunity and challenge arise from the open policy-making agenda? Which kinds of research tends to achieve impact with government departments? We heard the views of a panel of speakers with a wide range of experience in both academia and government policy making. 

Questioning Decline: Britain and the World After 1945
11 April 2016

This conference, held in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, debated our understanding of British political, cultural and economic life after 1945, and questioned the advantages and limitations of describing Britain as a nation in decline. Speakers included Professor David Reynolds and Lord (Peter) Hennessy.

Does Good Policy-Making Need Historians?
16 March 2016

Peter Hennessy, David Cannadine, Margaret Macmillan and Nick Pearce reflected on the relationship between history, policy and the public good.

History Beyond the Academy: Engaging Publics, Influencing Policy
16 March 2016

Leading figures in the worlds of broadcasting, publishing, journalism and politics, including Professor Pam Cox (University of Essex and presenter of BBC Two, Servants and Shop Girls), Paul Lay (editor of History Today), Phil Tinline (radio producer, BBC Radio 4) and Tristram Hunt MP discussed how academic historians can reach beyond the scholarly community.

Re-imagining the BBC: Independence
29 February 2016

Jesse Norman MP, Melvyn Bragg, Martin Moore and David Pannick discussed the future of BBC Independence in the second event co-hosted by the Mile End Institute and the BBC on the review of the BBC's Charter. 

Contemporary Political History in the Digital Age
11 February 2016

The transformation of politics in the era of the internet is a subject of endless debate and discussion, but what are its implications for political history and historians?

Book Launch: The General Election of 2015
9 February 2016

Professor Philip Cowley was joined by Spencer Livermore, Director of Labour's 2015 election campaign, Polly MacKenzie, former special advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Matthew d'Ancona, chair of Bright Blue for a discussion to mark the publication of The British General Election of 2015. 

How to Advise Parliament? Routes into the policy making process
3 December 2015

UCL and the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary, University of London, teamed up to host a public event with parliamentary insiders and evidence experts, exploring how academia could engage the world of government, particularly through select committees. 

Re-imagining the BBC: Charters Past and Present
2 December 2015

Peter Hennessy was joined by Tessa Jowell, Norman Fowler, David Levy and Tony Hall to discuss what can be learned from previous Charter review rounds. 

Oral History and the Study of Contemporary British Politics
25 November 2015

This event, hosted in partnership with the British Library, brought together early-career researchers and a small number of more established scholars to reflect on the value of oral history for the study of British politics since 1945. 

In the thick of it: what it's really like to work for an MP
24 November 2015

The Houses of Parliament's Outreach Service and Mile End Institute brought together Imran Ahmed, Political Adviser to Hilary Benn MP, Janet Walker, Chief of Staff to Tom Tugendhat MP and Patrick Diamond, Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London to discuss the realities of working for an MP.

Britain and Europe: The Lessons from History
9 November 2015

The Mile End Institute held a one-day conference, bringing together key politicians, academics and campaigners to view the current debate on Britain's relationship with Europe in its historical context, including a keynote speech from the Minister for Europe, Rt Hon David Lidington.

Weeping Britannia: Emotional Politicians Past and Present
23 October 2015

To mark the publication of Dr Thomas Dixon’s new book ‘Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears’, the Mile End Institute hosted a discussion about the way emotions have shaped the country's leading politicians.

The Inaugural Hennessy Lecture: David Owen on Referendums
8 October 2015

Lord Owen delivered the first lecture in honour of the Mile End Institute's patron, the cross-bench peer and constitutional historian, Peter Hennessy.

English Identity and Radical Politics - Jon Cruddas MP and panel discussion
22 September 2015

The Labour Party is lost in England and must federalise to survive, said Jon Cruddas, speaking at the Mile End Institute. The MP for Dagenham and Rainham called for an English Labour party to win back lost voters.

Rethinking Contemporary British Political History
7 September 2015

In the first of a series of events funded by the British Academy's Rising Star Engagement Awards, 40 early career and more established scholars at the cutting edge of the British contemporary history met for a two-day symposium at Queen Mary University of London to showcase emerging research and to map new directions in the study of British government and politics in the recent past.  

The Number 10 Policy Unit: Bernard Donoughue and Nick Pearce in conversation
9 June 2015

The Mile End Institute hosted a conversation between the first head of the Number 10 Policy Unit, Bernard Donoughue, and Nick Pearce who led the unit under Gordon Brown.

The hardest election to predict, ever: can anyone win on 7 May?
29 April 2015

As the UK headed to one of the most unpredictable elections in history, the Mile End Institute assembled some of the UK’s most senior pollsters and analysts to discuss the possible outcomes.

Women, Peace and Transnational Activism: A Century On
31 March 2015

The Mile End Institute, in partnership with History & Policy, held an event to mark the centenary of the Women’s Peace Congress, asking how far feminist perspectives have been mainstreamed into international debates about security, development and human rights over the past century.

Book Launch: Five Year Mission by Professor Tim Bale
23 March 2015

The Mile End Institute hosted the launch of QMUL Professor Tim Bale's new book Five Year Mission - The Labour Party under Ed Miliband.

Can the UK survive without changing its constitution?
2 March 2015

The Mile End Institute launch event took place on 2 March with a sold-out crowd of 350 policymakers, journalists, academics and members of the public.

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