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European Centre @ POLIS

Department of Politics and International Studies

Leading political figures will give their off-the-record insights into life in British politics. The seminars, which are co-organised by the Department of Politics and International Studies and Robinson College, will run throughout Lent Term 2018

British Politics Seminar


Dr Julie Smith - Director, European Centre @ POLIS

Dr Peter Sloman - Lecturer in British Politics


We are delighted to invite you to the second annual POLIS-Robinson College seminar series in British Politics.

Seminars will be held on Fridays at 5pm in the Umney Theatre, Robinson College, unless otherwise indicated.

All University members are welcome (and non-members by application to the seminar convenors).



19 January 2018

Simone Finn [Baroness Finn] and Polly McKenzie, respectively Conservative and Liberal Democrat Special Advisors during the 2010-15 Coalition

26 January 2018

John Kerr [Lord Kerr of Kinlochard], Cross-bench peer, former Permanent Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1997-2002) and drafter of Article 50

8 February 2018 (NB: this meeting is on a Thursday)

Nia Griffith, Labour MP for Llanelli and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

9 February 2018

Ian Paisley, DUP MP for North Antrim

15 February 2018 (NB: this meeting is on a Thursday)

Dame Margaret Hodge, Labour MP for Barking and Dagenham and former Chair of Public Accounts Committee

16 February 2018

Matt Zarb-Cousin, former spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn

2 March 2018

Brendan O'Hara, SNP MP for Argyll and Bute and Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport

9 March 2018

Nick Timothy, Special Advisor to Theresa May until June 2017

16 March 2018

Norman Lamont [Lord Lamont], Conservative peer and former Chancellor of the Exchequer (1990-1993)