The University of Bolton’s Centre for Opposition Studies is pleased to invite you to a special event entitled:

“In conversation with the Rt. Hon. The Baroness Royall of Blaisdon,” Chaired by Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq

Venue: William Morris Law Court, The University of Bolton

Time: 13th March 2018 at 5pm

Baroness Royall will reflect on her experiences in government and opposition, as well as giving her views and insights into current political issues such as Brexit, student fees etc. and challenges in the UK and beyond.

Jan Royall is a member of the House of Lords and Principal of Somerville College, Oxford University. She is also Chair of the Centre for Opposition Studies, University of Bolton. She was Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords from 2010 to 2015, after serving in Gordon Brown’s Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council from 2008-2010. Appointed to the House of Lords by Tony Blair in 2004, Jan served as a member of the health, foreign and international development ministerial teams. Before that she worked for the European Commission, initially as a member of the Cabinet of Neil Kinnock, for whom she had previously worked for nine years when he was Leader of the Opposition. Lord Kinnock now serves as an honorary president of CfOS.

Event Chairman:
Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq is the Director of the Centre for Opposition Studies. He is also Professor in Banking and Director of the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton. As well as his academic knowledge, Professor Abdel-Haq has a wealth of practical experience from a long career of banking in major financial institutions such as Citi, Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Also he is a Director of several companies, including being CEO of Oakstone Merchant Bank.

The Centre for Opposition Studies was founded in 2010 to advance the study of political opposition in the UK and overseas, and in 2017 formed an innovative new partnership with the University of Bolton to develop the Centre as a leading research institution in the field of politics and democratic studies. You can find out more on our website at Centre for Opposition Studies, or by following us on Twitter at @oppositionuk.

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