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Mile End Institute

Programme for New Labour, New Britain? The 1997 Election, 25 Years On

12:30pm: Introduction by Dr Patrick Diamond (Director of the Mile End Institute)

12:45pm: 'The Road to 1997': Modernisation and Change in the Labour Party and the '97 Campaign

 Chair: Professor Steven Fielding (Professor of Political History, University of Nottingham)

Presentation by Professor Tim Bale (QMUL): 'The 1997 Result' 


  • Dame Margaret Hodge MP (Former Chair of the Public Accounts Committee) - changing Labour in London and the role and importance of local government.
  • Rt Hon Caroline Flint (Former Labour Cabinet Minister) - the modernisation of the Labour Party since the Kinnock era. 
  • Professor Sarah Childs (Royal Holloway University of London) - the impact of all-women shortlists and the implications of the 1997 result for women's representation. 
  • John McTernnan (Journalist and former Political Secretary to Tony Blair).

2pm: Keynote Address (chaired by Dr Lyndsey Jenkins, QMUL)

Speaker: Rt Hon David Miliband (Foreign Secretary, 2007-10 and President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee)

3pm: Coffee Break

3:15pm: Was there a 'Blair Revolution' in British Politics? 

Chair: Dr Karl Pike (QMUL)


  • Polly Toynbee (Columnist for The Guardian) - social policy.
  • Will Hutton (Columnist and President-designate of the Academy of Social Sciences) - the economy.
  • Sunder Katwala (Director of British Future).  

4.15pm: Where next for Labour? 

Chair: Dr Colm Murphy (QMUL)


  • Stella Creasy MP (Walthamstow)
  • Rupa Huq MP (Ealing Central and Acton)
  • Dr Lise Butler (City University)
  • Harry Quilter-Pinner (Director of Research and Engagement at the Institute for Public Policy Research)
  • Professor Eunice Goes (Richmond University)

5:15pm: 'The View from Millbank Tower': Reflections on Labour's Past and Future

Chair: Dr Robert Saunders (QMUL)

Discussant: Lord (Peter) Mandelson (First Secretary of State, 2009-10)

6.15pm: Drinks Reception

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