Experts in the Centre for British Politics released their latest findings on backbench rebellion in May 2013.
The launch event was held at the British Academy and attended by a mixture of journalists, politicians and think-tankers.
The pamphlet is the latest in a line of end-of-session reports produced by Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart over the last decade, and it showed that despite a drop in the level of backbench dissent during the last session, largely as a result of what they called the ‘House of Lords-shaped hole in the government’s legislative programme’– the Parliament remained on course to be the most rebellious of the post war era.
The timing of the pamphlet launch could not have been any better, as later that day saw MPs vote on the Queen’s Speech, with more than 100 voting for an amendment regretting the absence of a EU referendum Bill in the Queen’s speech.
The launch resulted in the pamphlet being reported on the BBC’s Daily Politics as well as Radio 4’s World At One and Channel 4 News, along with articles in almost all of the broadsheets. Cowley was most pleased with an article in The Sun given that ‘people actually read that’.
White Heat Conference
5 July 2013
The Centre for British Politics hosted a conference to mark the 50th anniversary of Harold Wilson's iconic 'white heat' speech, at the People's History Museum, Manchester. The conference analysed the speech from a variety of perspectives, combining papers from both established and emerging academics from a range of disciplines. The speech's political, cultural, economic and scientific contexts were explored to assess its wider significance within recent British history and to invite parallels with other ‘modernising’ moments, such as that embodied by Tony Blair.
Progressivism: Past and Present Conference
3 July 2012
The Centre for British Politics hosted a conference on the meanings of Progressivism: Past and Present, at Senate House, London. The aim was to bring together academics, politicians, journalists and policy makers, to discuss the ways in which the word ‘progressive’ has been used and understood in British politics over the past century.
Parties, People and Elections: Political Communication since 1900
14 June 2012
The Centre for British Politics hosted a conference on Parties, People and Elections: Political Communication since 1900, at People’s History Museum, Manchester. The way politicians talk to the people has undergone a dramatic change since 1900. The demise of the mass platform, the birth of radio, cinema and television, and the advent of social media, has radically reshaped how parties and people interact. This conference brought together academics, advertising executives and journalists to examine the, past, present, and future of political communication.
A Permanent Revolution?: Neo-Liberalism and British Politics
15 June 2011
The Centre for British Politics (Nottingham) and the Centre for Political Ideologies (Oxford) organised a workshop which took place on Wednesday 15th June, 2011 at Oxford University. The aim of the workshop was to explore the impact of neo-liberalism, and to examine the ways in which the challenges it posed has driven ideological change and policy reform across the political landscape.