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Who Speaks to England?: Labour's English Challenge
Wed 26 October 2016, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Wednesday 26 October | 18:30-20:00 | Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London, SW1A 2LW
This event will launch the ebook, ‘Who speaks to England?: Labour’s England Challenge,' jointly edited by the Fabian Society and the Centre for English Identity and Politics at the University of Winchester.
The book explores Labour’s response to the questions of English identity and a new political settlement for England. It draws on the England and Labour discussions organised by the Centre for English Identity and Politics and supported by the Fabian Society.
Questions of identity, culture and nationhood have barged their way to the fore of political conversation in recent years as globalisation has disrupted traditional loyalties. A rise in English identity, in particular, has been stirring for some time, as more and more English people identify themselves principally as English. Such a resurgence in English identity does not have to be right-wing or xenophobic, but it risks being so if the left dismisses it. And with English radicalism a distinct and proud part of our national heritage, it is time that the left excavates and articulates an authentic English radicalism for the 21st century.
The event will be chaired by Mary Riddell (columnist, The Telegraph) and feature an expert panel including contributors to the book such as, John Denham (former Labour MP, Southampton Itchen), Shabana Mahmood MP (Labour MP, Birmingham Ladywood), Polly Billington (former special advisor to Ed Miliband MP) and Ruth Davis (senior associate, E3G).