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Tue 7 June 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Uncommon Soldiers: War, Peace and a Just Society
Clive Lewis MP, Harry Leslie Smith, Asim Hafiz
Date: Tuesday 7th July
Venue: Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 10. Access via the Cromwell Gate Entrance
Time: Doors open 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
Serving in the British Army carries with it images of the highest patriotism. A soldier is willing to fight for his country and, on the frontline, even pay the ultimate sacrifice.
Whilst the Armed Forces are most often associated with the ‘Establishment’, the right wing, the Conservative party and even colonialism and empire – yet this panel brings together a group of ‘Uncommon Soldiers’: a Labour MP, an anti-war and anti-austerity activist and a Muslim Imam. Each has served on the front line for Britain, and each will share their reflections on their time as a soldier, and how it has informed their quest for a more just society.
Clive Lewis MP is the Member of Parliament for Norwich South. Before his parliamentary career, he worked as a BBC Journalist and served in army in Afghanistan.
Harry Leslie Smith is a British writer and political commentator. He is a survivor of the Great Depression, a second world war RAF veteran, and is an activist for the poor and for the preservation of social democracy.
Asim Hafiz is an Imam and religious advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff and service Chiefs. He has been awarded an OBE for his services to defence and support of operations in Afghanistan.
Tickets are very limited so please book early.