The Mile End Group (MEG) was set up in 2003 as a forum for our postgraduate students of contemporary history to discuss their research in an informal environment. Much of the students’ research centred on the worlds of Westminster and Whitehall, and the Group invited contributions from a variety of speakers with inside knowledge of the workings of government. Since then, the MEG has evolved into a seminar series attracting increasingly high-profile speakers, including Denis Healey, John Major, Michael Heseltine, Peter Mandelson, Douglas Hurd and Eliza Manningham-Buller.
The Mile End Group […] mixes high constitutional theory with low gossip to reveal how Britain is really run.
Hosted in the People's Palace at Queen Mary, the seminars are free and open to all, attracting anyone interested in ideas on government, including students, academics, business people, journalists, civil servants, and local politicians and people. An editorial in The Guardian in January 2011 summed up what makes the MEG so special: "The Mile End Group […] mixes high constitutional theory with low gossip to reveal how Britain is really run." Who would want to miss that?