with John Woodcock MP
Thursday 25 May 2017 at 5pm - University of Bolton
The event will be chaired and moderated by
Dr David Roberts
of King’s College London
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.
John has been the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament since 2010 and is the chair of the Labour Party backbench defence committee. He held a number of positions on the Labour front bench from 2010-15 including as shadow transport minister and shadow education minister. He is the former chair of Progress and has served twice on the defence select committee. John is the vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Syria. Before his election he held a number of jobs in government, including special advisor to John Hutton and official spokesperson for Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Dr David Roberts
David joined the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London in October 2013. Prior to moving to King’s, Dr Roberts was the Director of the Qatar office of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI Qatar). His primary research interest focuses on the international security and wider international relations of the Gulf Arab monarchies. His book Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City State was published in late-2016 and he writes widely on matters of regional security for academic journals (International Affairs, Survival, The Middle East Journal) and the media and think-tanks (BBC, Chatham House, Foreign Affairs Magazine, etc.)
The Centre for Opposition Studies was founded in 2010 to advance the study of political opposition in the UK and overseas, and has recently 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.
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