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The Birkbeck Department of Politics and its research centre, the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, hosts a range of talks, lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the year. Our events feature leading academics, public figures and commentators from a range of fields. Listen to them here.

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The Birkbeck Department of Politics and its research centre, the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, hosts a range of talks, lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the year. Our events feature leading academics, public figures and commentators from a range of fields. Listen to them here.

    Westminster Watch Episode 54

    Westminster Watch Episode 54

    Westminster Watch is a podcast in which members of the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College discuss current issues in British politics. In episode 54, Professor Dermot Hodson and Dr Ben Worthy look at the Conservative Party’s comprehensive victory in the 2019 general election. They ask what went right for the Conservatives and wrong for progressive parties.

    • 29 min
    Westminster Watch Episode 53

    Westminster Watch Episode 53

    Westminster Watch is a podcast in which members of the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College discuss current issues in British politics. In Episode 53, Professor Dermot Hodson and Dr Ben Worthy discuss two recent works on Northern Ireland: Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History and Burned: The Inside Story of the 'Cash-for-Ash' Scandal and Northern Ireland's Secretive New Elite.

    • 30 min
    Popular politics and referendums: the long journey to a referendum on Brexit

    Popular politics and referendums: the long journey to a referendum on Brexit

    Helen Thompson gave the The 2019/20 Academic Lecture for the Birkbeck Centre of British Political Life on Thursday 14 November 2019.

    Helen Thompson is Professor of Political Economy at the University Cambridge, she is at present Deputy Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a regular panelist on Talking Politics Podcast.

    Helen’s present work is focused on the historical origins of the post-2008 economic and political world and the crises it is generating for western countries. More particularly her recent work covers the political economy of oil, Brexit and the euro zone crisis.

    Her most recent book is Oil And The Western Economic Crisis, published by Palgrave. Her article ‘Inevitability and contingency: the political economy of Brexit,’ won the 2017 prize for best article in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

    • 48 min
    Westminster Watch Episode 52

    Westminster Watch Episode 52

    Description: Westminster Watch is a podcast in which members of the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College discuss current issues in British politics. It is aimed at those with an interest in British politics in general and students on Birkbeck's BA Politics module, Contemporary British Politics, in particular. In episode 52, Professor Dermot Hodson and Dr Ben Worthy look beyond national coverage of the 2019 general election to explore key campaign issues in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the North of England.

    • 24 min
    Westminster Watch Episode 51

    Westminster Watch Episode 51

    Westminster Watch is a podcast in which members of the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College discuss current issues in British politics. It is aimed at those with an interest in British politics in general and students on Birkbeck's BA Politics module, Contemporary British Politics, in particular. In episode 51, Professor Dermot Hodson and Dr Ben Worthy discuss Parliament’s response to Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal and new laws on abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

    • 18 min
    Annual Public Lecture 'Rt Hon David Lammy MP', Thursday 17 October 2019

    Annual Public Lecture 'Rt Hon David Lammy MP', Thursday 17 October 2019

    David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, held an ‘in conversation’ event with Sarah Childs to celebrate the re-launch of Birkbeck’s new Centre for British Political Life. David Lammy has been an MP since 2000, was a minister between 2002 and 2010, and is now a noted backbench campaigner. He began by reflecting on how his own life experience had played into his time as an MP and the campaigns he pursued, before offering his thoughts on a whole range of subjects, from the consequences of Brexit, to his time at SOAS and what it is like to be an MP. Listen to the podcast below to find out what he thinks about Britain, Brexit and being called a ‘passionate’ MP.

    • 1 hr 44 min

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