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7 November 2019, 6:00pm to 7 November 2019, 9:30pm
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This year's Cumberland Lodge Debate, at Goodenough College, London, explores new challenges facing democracy in today's digital age, drawing on insights from Lord Howell's book, Look Where We're Going: Escaping the Prism of Past Politics.

Panellists will examine the challenges facing democracy in our 'network world' of digital technology, with Asian powers gaining dominance, capitalism taking on new forms, and the vocabulary of past politics losing much of its relevance.

Our confirmed panellists are:

  • The Rt Hon the Lord Howell of Guildford - Life peer; Chair of the House of Lords International Relations Committee (since May 2016); Deputy Leader of the Opposition, House of Lords (2005-2010); and former Minister of State
  • Dr Katharine Dommett - Senior Lecturer in Public Understanding of Politics, University of Sheffield
  • Marnie Howlett - PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a member of Goodenough College

Opening the debate, Lord Howell will draw on four decades of experience as a member of successive British governments, including Margaret Thatcher's first cabinet in the early 1980s, to look at how we reached the present impasse and political turmoil, and how we might carve out a post-Brexit and post-Western politics in the digital age.

In his newly published book, Lord Howell outlines reforms that cut across the old Left-Right lines of politics. He calls for a new kind of external diplomacy, to help secure the future prosperity and security of the UK internationally, and he champions the opportunities of the Commonwealth network.

This debate examines these ideas from different perspectives, and focuses on the digital dimension of the transformations required to safeguard our democracy and develop a new sense of national direction and purpose amidst the rapidly changing world order.

Event format

The Cumberland Lodge Debate will take place in the Large Common Room at Goodenough College in Holborn, on Thursday 7 November 2019. 

It will be chaired by our Chair of Trustees, Baroness Prashar of Runnymede

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session and drinks reception.

We will be joined by a diverse audience of students from all over the world, as well as senior academics, civil society representatives, policymakers and parliamentarians, and media representatives.

Watch live

We streamed the panel debate live on Facebook, here. The video from the livestream is available to watch below.

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