General Election Forum at St Peter's

General Election Forum at St Peter's

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Last night, St Peter's welcomed back two of its high-profile alumni from the world of journalism to take part in a forum on the 2017 General Election.

Helen Lewis (2001, English), Deputy Editor for the New Statesman, and Ben Wright (1996, Modern History), the BBC's Political Correspondent, took time off from the campaign trail to join the Master, as well as a packed chapel audience, for an evening of lively debate and discussion concerning what promises to be one of the most consequential elections of recent memory.

In a wide-ranging series of talks, the two panellists spoke about their experiences covering the Election and their interpretation of the issues driving the debate, ranging from Britain's decision to leave the EU, to the political difficulties of the Labour Party and the increasingly fragmented British political climate. 

The talks were followed by questions from the Master, Mark Damazer CBE, and members of the audience, with subjects touching upon the impact of Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second Scottish Independence referendum, the chances that Labour might succeed in replacing Jeremy Corbyn if necessary, and the media's role in shaping public perceptions.

The event was attended by a wide range of St Peter's members, both past and present, as well as by pupils from five local schools.

For the Master's blog on this event click here.