The Inaugural Hennessy Lecture: David Owen on Referendums

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8 October 2015

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Venue: Mile End Institute, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus, 327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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A QMUL Mile End Institute event:

Lord David Owen will deliver the inaugural Hennessy Lecture on the subject of Referendums – their unpredictability and constitutional validity.

This annual lecture in honour of the Mile End Institute’s patron, the constitutional historian and cross-bench peer Peter Hennessy, is an opportunity for a distinguished practitioner to reflect on major issues in British politics and government.

  • Lord Owen's lecture will be introduced by Lord Hennessy and will be followed by audience questions
  • All attendees are invited to a drinks reception after the event


David Owen was a Member of Parliament for Plymouth for 26 years from 1966-92. Under Labour Governments, he served as Navy Minister, Health Minister and Foreign Secretary. He was co-founder of the Social Democratic Party and its Leader from 1983-87 and 1988-90. He was created a Life Baron – Lord Owen of the City of Plymouth – in 1992 and sits as an independent social democrat in the House of Lords. Read more.

QMUL Mile End Institute

The Mile End Institute, led by Professor Michael Kenny, is a major new policy centre based at Queen Mary University of London. Its mission is to deepen and challenge public understanding of the crises facing our systems of politics and governance, and to promote a richer debate about public policy issues and the UK’s role within the wider world.