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January 2017

In Conversation with Nick Clegg In Conversation with Nick Clegg

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.

26 January 2017
In Conversation with Yvette Cooper In Conversation with Yvette Cooper

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. 

19 January 2017

December 2016

The Crosland Legacy: The Future of British Social Democracy The Crosland Legacy: The Future of British Social Democracy

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. 

07 December 2016
Bruce Ackerman: Britain at the Constitutional Crossroads Bruce Ackerman: Britain at the Constitutional Crossroads

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.

02 December 2016

November 2016

English Votes for English Laws One Year on: a critical evaluation English Votes for English Laws One Year on: a critical evaluation

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. 

28 November 2016
What next for English devolution? What next for English devolution?

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.

14 November 2016
Understanding Women's Work and Family Lives Understanding Women's Work and Family Lives

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.

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

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.

05 November 2016

October 2016

In Conversation with Ken Clarke In Conversation with Ken Clarke

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.

31 October 2016
The Hennessy Lecture 2016: Lord Heseltine The Hennessy Lecture 2016: Lord Heseltine

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.

19 October 2016
In Conversation with Gisela Stuart In Conversation with Gisela Stuart

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.

17 October 2016

June 2016

The EU Referendum: Morning after briefing The EU Referendum: Morning after briefing

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

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

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. 

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

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? 

07 June 2016
The Great Sovereignty Debate The Great Sovereignty Debate

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.

06 June 2016

May 2016

The EU Referendum: What would 'Out' look like? The EU Referendum: What would 'Out' look like?

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.

24 May 2016

April 2016

How to advise government? Routes into the policy making process How to advise government? Routes into the policy making process

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. 

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

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.

11 April 2016

March 2016

Does Good Policy-Making Need Historians? Does Good Policy-Making Need Historians?

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

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

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.

16 March 2016

February 2016

Re-imagining the BBC: Independence Re-imagining the BBC: Independence

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. 

29 February 2016
Contemporary Political History in the Digital Age Contemporary Political History in the Digital Age

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?

11 February 2016
Book Launch: The General Election of 2015 Book Launch: The General Election of 2015

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. 

09 February 2016

December 2015

How to Advise Parliament? Routes into the policy making process How to Advise Parliament? Routes into the policy making process

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. 

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

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. 

02 December 2015

November 2015

Oral History and the Study of Contemporary British Politics Oral History and the Study of Contemporary British Politics

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. 

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

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.

24 November 2015
Britain and Europe: The Lessons from History Britain and Europe: The Lessons from History

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.

09 November 2015

October 2015

Weeping Britannia: Emotional Politicians Past and Present Weeping Britannia: Emotional Politicians Past and Present

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.

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

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

08 October 2015

September 2015

English Identity and Radical Politics - Jon Cruddas MP and panel discussion English Identity and Radical Politics - Jon Cruddas MP and panel discussion

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.

22 September 2015
Rethinking Contemporary British Political History Rethinking Contemporary British Political History

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.  

07 September 2015

June 2015

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

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.

09 June 2015

April 2015

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

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.

29 April 2015

March 2015

Women, Peace and Transnational Activism: A Century On Women, Peace and Transnational Activism: A Century On

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.

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

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

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

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.

02 March 2015
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