Event Date: 14 May 2014
43 Gordon Square
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
Professor Tony Wright in conversation with Dr Sarah Wollaston MP
Sarah Wollaston has been the Conservative MP for Totnes since 2010. She was elected in an open primary; she decided to put herself forward when David Cameron called for more people with backgrounds outside of politics to stand for Parliament. She was previously a general practitioner and has 24 years experience working in the NHS; she is now on the health select committee. Dr Wollaston has gained a reputation for being an independent thinker within the party and for making evidence based interventions into public debate.
Professor Tony Wright is Professorial Fellow in Politics at Birkbeck College and Professor of Politics at UCL. MP for Cannock Chase from 1992 to 2010, he chaired the Reform of the House of Commons Committee (publishing the report ‘Rebuilding the House’ in 2009.) He chaired the Public Administration Committee of the House of Commons from 1999 to 2010. He has been co- editor of Political Quarterly since 1995. His most recent publications are Doing Politics (2012), British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd ed, 2013) and an article asking ‘What is it about Politicians? in the current edition of Political Quarterly.