Who owns Britain?

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3 March 2015

Time: 6:30pm
Venue: The Skeel Lecture Theatre, People's Palace, Mile End Campus

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Annual Peston Lecture 2015

Speaker: Robert Peston

In this era of arguably unprecedented economic and political upheaval, and as we face important elections in the UK and all over Europe, Robert Peston, BBC economics editor, examines what ability, if any, the UK and other western developed economies retain to shape their respective economic and cultural destinies in a globalised world. He will look at what can be done to address the prevailing sense among millions of people in Europe and North America that globalisation has in effect disenfranchised them, that it enriches and benefits a tiny elite at their expense.   

Robert Peston is the BBC's Economics Editor and founder of the education charity, Speakers for Schools ( He has written three books, “How Do We Fix This Mess”, “Who Runs Britain?”, and “Brown’s Britain”. Peston has won numerous awards for his journalism, including Journalist of the Year from the Royal Television Society. His blog is and he is @peston on Twitter.