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A Progressive Alliance: The Alternative?
Tue 21 February 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
As it comes to look increasingly like hard Brexit for Britain, what is the future for progressive politics? One suggestion has been for an electoral alliance on the Left bringing together the Greens, Labour and the SNP. Not everyone is convinced – including Jeremy Corbyn – but the proposal has sparked debate and discussion across progressive parties.
Birkbeck Politics hosts an evening of discussion with a cross-party panel to discuss what such an alliance would look like, how it would work and whether it is the quickest way back to power for the left or a dangerous dream?
Our panel includes Labour MP and Birkbeck alumnus Lisa Nandy, Greens MP Caroline Lucas and former Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Chris Bowers, who co-edited the recent book The Alternative: Towards a New Progressive Politics. We will also be joined by Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham.
Chris Bowers is a freelance writer and broadcaster. He is the author of Nick Clegg: The Biography and stood as a parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the 2010 and 2015 elections.
Jon Cruddas has been an MP since 2001. He was the Policy Review Coordinator for the Labour Party from 2010 to 2015.
Caroline Lucas has been Co-Leader of the Green Party since 2016. She served as the first leader of the Green Party from 2008 to 2012. She has been the MP for Bright Pavilion since 2010.
Lisa Nandy has been the MP for Wigan since 2010. She has held numerous positions in the Shadow Cabinet, including Shadow Secretary for Energy and Climate Change from 2015-2016. She is a graduate of Birkbeck Politics.
There may be video and/or photographic recording of this event.