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The Worcester Lecture, by Rt Hon Charles Clarke

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The Worcester Lecture: ‘How can we get truth back to the centre of public debate?’

By Rt Hon Charles Clarke, British Labour Party politician and former Home Secretary

The Worcester Lectures, hosted by the University of Worcester and Worcester Cathedral, are an annual contribution to the rich cultural heritage of Worcester, celebrating and further strengthening the links between the two institutions. As a common theme, the lectures aim to explore the important area of morality in public life.

Charles Clarke is a British Labour Party politician and former Home Secretary. He became Member of Parliament for Norwich South in 1997, and was appointed Junior Education Minister in 1998. In the same year, he became a member of the Treasury Select Committee and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for School Standards.

In 1999 he was appointed Minister of State at the Home Office, with particular responsibility for the police. After the 2001 General Election, he joined the cabinet as Labour Party Chair and Minister without portfolio. He was appointed Secretary of State for Education and Skills in October 2002, and then in December 2004 became Home Secretary. He left the Home Office in May 2006 and returned to the backbenches.

Since leaving Parliament in 2010, Clarke has held visiting professorships at three institutions, with the aim of improving the relationship between academic politics and practical political activity. He is a Council Member of the European Council for Foreign Relations and a Non-Executive member of the board of Open University Worldwide.

In his lecture, Charles Clarke will suggest the ways in which politics, the media and academic life should change in order to contest "post-truth" politics and to put facts and proper analysis at the centre of public discourse. He will examine the complex ways in which the constraints upon government and public institutions can be explored and understood.

We do hope you will be able to join us for what will be an engaging and thought-provoking lecture.

The lecture will be followed by a reception to which you are also warmly invited.

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