Event Date: 11 February 2016
Birkbeck University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
David Willetts in Conversation with Tony Wright
Conservative politician and former Universities Minister with a reputation as a big thinker David Willetts joins Tony Wright for an evening in conversation at Birkbeck Politics.
As a Conservative MP from 1992–2015 David Willetts served in the Treasury, held several key Shadow Cabinet roles across a number of portfolios and, from 2010–2014, he was Universities Minister – the man responsible for changes to tuition fees and other reforms in the higher education sector. He is also a significant thinker and policy analyst, the theorist of ‘civic Conservatism’ and the author of a much-discussed controversial book on inter-generational inequality (The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – and Why They Should Give It Back).
David Willetts is Executive Chairman of the Resolution Foundation and a Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He is Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He was Minister for Universities and Science from 2010-2014 and Member of Parliament for Havant from 1992-2015. In 2015 he was made a member of the House of Lords.
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 influential 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 from 1995 until 2015. His most recent book is the Second Edition of the very successful British Politics: A Very Short Introduction. Currently he is a member of The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
Welcome by Professor David Latchman (Master of Birkbeck):