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Mile End Institute


Since its foundation in March 2015, the Mile End Institute has organised a number of high-profile academic conferences online and at our home in the East End of London.

In addition our inaugural conference which asked whether the UK can survive without changing its constitution, we have commemorated the centenary of the Women's Peace Congress, hosted a two-day symposium 'Rethinking Contemporary British Political History' and brought together politicians, academics and campaigners to explore the lessons from Britain's membership of the European Union. We have also hosted sessions on the relationship between history, policy-making, and the public good as well as Britain's place in the world after 1945 (in association with the Foreign Office), the legacy of the Scarman Report (1981) and gender equality at work and in the home. In 2022, we commemorated the twenty-fifth anniversary of New Labour's first landslide in May 1997 and marked a number of significant anniversaries for women in Parliament during a three-day symposium about the contribution that women have made to public life since 1945.

In 2023, thinking ahead to next year's general election, we will be starting a new programme intended to consider the 'urgent questions' facing British politics today. On Thursday 15 June 2023, we will be hosting a day-long conference at Central Hall Westminster to explore how the centre-left might govern in particularly hard times. 

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