Neil Kinnock in coversation with Peter Hennessy

Thursday 29th June 2017 Venue: 55 Tufton Street, Westminster SW1P 3QL

The Centre for Opposition Studies at the University of Bolton are pleased to invite you to a special event to launch a new partnership between the University of Bolton and the Centre for Opposition Studies. Founded in 2010 to advance the study of political opposition in the UK and overseas,  we are pleased to be holding a special event to mark the beginning of an exciting new partnership.

One of our Honorary Presidents, Lord Kinnock, who led the Labour Party as the Official Opposition from 1983 to 1992, will join the celebrated historian Professor Lord Hennessy in a discussion of the challenges of opposition, drawing on their respective experiences and expertise. The event takes place between the 25th anniversary of the 1992 General Election and the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Labour victory.

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John Woodcock MP: 'The future of Social Democracy'

Thursday 25th May 2017 Venue: 55 Tufton Street, Westminster SW1P 3QL

The Centre for Opposition Studies at the University of Bolton is pleased to present our first lecture on campus, and we are delighted to welcome the Labour MP John Woodcock, who will address the future of social democracy in England.

At a time when the Labour opposition is facing consistently low poll ratings and has suffered the recent loss of the Copeland by-election, John will present his view of how the centre-left can be revitalised in the future.  As a notable critic of the current Labour leadership, and the MP for Barrow and Furness, the neighbouring seat to Copeland, his insights promise to be both timely and revealing.

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