Tuesday 13 December 2016: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Exotic England. The making of a curious nation
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a Professor at Middlesex University and author of Exotic England. The making of a curious nation. In this talk she presented a tough love letter to her adopted homeland.
Tuesday 22 November 2016: CEIP book launch
Political commentator and journalist Mary Riddell joined us for the launch of two recent CEIP publications: Labour's identity crisis; England and the politics of patriotism (ed. by Tristram Hunt MP) and Who speaks for England? (in collaboration wirth the Fabian Society). See also in right-hand column.
Thursday 10 November 2016: Eddie Bone, An English Parliament or English Independence?
Eddie Bone, Director of the Campaign for an English Parliament, challenged the orthodox British Establishment's view that England needs to be regionalised if the UK is to survive.
Tuesday 18 October 2016: Trevor Philips, An English Future: E Pluribus Unum or Ex Uno Multa?*
*Out of many, one? Or out of one, many?
Mark Trevor Phillips OBE is a British writer, broadcaster and former politician. In March 2015, Phillips was appointed as the President of the Partnership Council of the John Lewis Partnership for a three-year term. He is the first external appointment since 1928. He is the ex-Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Roundtable discussion on historical perspectives on UK devolution
On 19 July 2016, Prof. Denham took part in a roundtable discussion on historical perspectives on UK devolution at King’s College London. The event was co-hosted by the Four Nations History Network and History & Policy. Read the writeup on the Four Nations History blog or listen to Prof. Denham's contribution on SoundCloud.
England and Labour
A series of seminars and discussions coordinated by the Centre for English Identity and Politics
CEIP has been coordinating a seminar series and discussion article with Prof Mike Kenny (Director of the Mile End Institute, QMUL), Jonathan Rutherford and Mary Riddell. You can follow the debate here as key articles and transcripts are posted on this page. The first in the series of seminars took place on 9th Feb.; read John's reflections on it.
- Introduction to the debate, by Prof. John Denham
- A citizens’ convention will resolve the English question, by Graham Allen MP
- The real ‘new politics’ of post-crisis Britain, by Craig Berry
- Criticism and Patriotism II, by Alex Chai
- The Barnett formula and the union, by Jim Gallagher
- England in a federal UK, by Peter Hain
- Labour, England and the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, by Richard Hayton
- Seven steps for Labour to win England, by Paul Hilder
- Where Labour is, by Adrian Pabst
- Remain has no good options on immigration, so which is ‘least bad’?, by Harvey Redgrave
- Labour, England and the end of British Scotland, by Jonathan Rutherford
- A Labour politics of localism for England, by Julia Stapleton
- Deindustrialisation and the English working class, by Tim Strangleman
16 March 2016: Wider Still and Wider: English Nationalism, Euroscepticism and the Anglosphere
A talk by Ben Wellings from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Read the transcript.
12 March 2016: Conference 'England and the European Union'
How does England see the EU? And is it different in other parts of the UK? How will ‘English issues’ influence the referendum campaign? Academics joined campaigners and politicians to discuss these issues and more. With contributions from the Britain Stronger in Europe and Leave campaign groups.
Judith Clementson (Vote Leave; download Judith's presentation)
Prof. John Denham (Univ. of Winchester Centre for English Identity and Politics)
Flick Drummond MP (Britain Stronger in Europe; download Flick's presentation)
Prof. Montserrat Guibernau (Queen Mary, University of London; download Montserrat's presentation)
Martin Kettle (The Guardian; download Martin's presentation)
Adrian Pabst (Univ. of Kent; download Adrian's presentation)
Cllr Roy Perry, Leader, Hampshire County Council
Dr Craig Prescott (Univ. of Winchester)
Max Stafford (Univ. of Winchester)
Prof. Richard Wyn Jones (Univ. of Cardiff; download Richard's presentation)
4 February 2016: The lion and the unicorn: Socialism and England in the 21st century, by Tristram Hunt MP
George Orwell’s The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius was published in 1941. In it, Orwell argued that combining patriotism and a distinctive English socialism was not only possible but essential to secure the future. In this lecture, Tristram Hunt explored what progressive English patriotism might look like in the future.
Tristram Hunt is the MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, was a Shadow Cabinet member until 2015, and is a Visiting Lecturer at Queen Mary University. A widely published historian, his most recent book is Ten cities that made an Empire.
18 Jan. 2016: 'English issues’ in the 2015 General Election
In the 2015 General Election, ‘English issues’ played a much more prominent part in the campaign and its coverage than in any election for many years. Would a Labour minority government seek the support of, or be dependent on, the SNP? Should voting procedures within the House of Commons give English Votes on English Laws? How far should English devolution go? Did UKIP appeal to a particular section of English voters? These issues influenced the election media coverage and the campaign strategies of the parties. They may have influenced voters and may have shaped the political terrain for future years.
This seminar tried to understand the influence and importance of ‘the English question’ in 2015 from different perspectives: election analysts, pollsters, political commentators and candidates in the frontline. The aim was to gain a better understanding of whether and how similar issues will play out in the future.