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Politeia's events. If you are interested in attending any of our events, then please e-mail to apply. Places are limited at events with an asterisk.

Recent Event - Nuclear Options: What Policy for Powering the Future? with David Mowat MP and Dr Simon Taylor

Professor Roger Cashmore, David Mowat MP and Dr Simon Taylor discussed UK energy policy, the role of nuclear in the supply mix and the steps needed if nuclear is to continue at present levels.

The event was part of Politeia’s 2013-14 Energy Series.

Across the parliamentary divide, energy has moved centre stage in the policy debate. Can rising costs be curbed? If not, who should pay?

December 2013 Event - What Future for Trial by Jury? with the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP

On 11th December, the Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP addressed Politeia on the future of the jury system in England and Wales.

Dominic Grieve analysed the strengths of the jury system, endorsed Professor Cheryl Thomas’s proposal to tackle the problem posed by the internet, and made clear that searching the internet for information about a trial amounts to contempt of court which is punishable by imprisonment. 

Opening Lecture of Paying for the Future, with the Rt Hon Frank Field MP

On Tuesday 22nd October The Rt Hon Frank Field, MP, launched Politeia's new economic series Paying for the Future: Contributory or Tax funded Systems? at the Oxford and Cambridge Club.* 

The 2013-14 series aims to consider the principles and policies needed for successful pension systems at a time of demographic change, escalating aspiration and ever tighter public finances.

Mr Field, Labour’s MP for Birkenhead, and a former Minister for Welfare Reform, discussed the economic and fiscal background which will increasingly shape welfare. He suggested that future governments will be obliged to limit public spending to around c.40 per cent of GDP. To meet peoples' aspiration for security, he:

Working Welfare: Contributory Benefits, the Moral Economy and the New Politics

Rt Hon Frank Field MP to launch his new Politeia study on Wednesday September 11th.

Voters — and the Conservative Party — will be watching closely as the Labour Party prepares for its Autumn conference. Will it draw a line under the big spending days of Gordon Brown, with its ever escalating welfare bills? Or does Labour hope to please those voters who want even bigger benefits?
In Working Welfare: Contributory Benefits, the Moral Economy and the New Politics (working title), the Rt Hon Frank Field MP, one of Labour’s most distin­guished backbench voices, explains how the circle can be squared. Although in the future, governments should spend no more than 40 per cent of GDP; spending on pensions, healthcare and unemployment benefit can rise, provided higher benefits are paid for by higher contributions.
The author will propose that welfare is returned to the contributory insurance principle, to be run by independent mutuals and boards with personal owner­ship by contributors. Government and the Treasury would have a limited role—to create the legal framework for such a scheme and ensure that benefit is linked to contribution.
Mr Field will call on his party to begin work on the actuarial costings for such a reform as the party prepares for the next election, and to introduce such as scheme if they are returned to power.
*The Rt Hon Frank Field MP will launch Working Welfare: Contributory Bene­fits, the Moral Economy and the New Politics (working title) and discuss its themes on Wednesday 11th September from 1-2pm.

The UK and the EU: What principles should guide re-negotiation?

Politeia's Breaking the Mould series continued with an address by Martin Howe QC on 25th June. Politeia will shortly publish a pamphlet by Mr Howe to explore the issues further.

Across the European Union, the problems posed by the Eurozone crisis and the growing dominance of EU government over national states have prompted growing proportions of voters to question the EU project. Here in Britain, as the Prime Minister prepares to renegotiate the UK's formal relationship with the EU, some cabinet colleagues warn that things can not remain as they are. 

In a forthcoming pamphlet, Martin Howe QC*, the author of Safeguarding Sovereignty, will consider the questions for the UK in approaching a new deal with the EU:

  • What principles should guide the UK during negotiations?
  • What areas of mutual interest, if any, should be covered in addition e.g. to the aim of free trade in goods and services?
  • What legal and constitutional framework would be best for the UK's national interest?
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