About this day
Is Democracy working? Could it be improved? If so, how? We are planning an in-depth and engaging look at the political landscape both here in the UK and abroad, digging deeper into what goes on during election periods, the pros and cons of different voting systems, and the day to day workings of those who represent us. This will be a day filled with discourse and debate, exploring the rights and responsibilities we need to take seriously in order to ensure a better and brighter future for our society, both nationally and as global citizens.
Join us for a wide-ranging and fascinating programme and discover how you and your students can get involved with governing the world and changing society for the better!
Programme & speakers
A typical day in the life of the UK parliament Bell Ribeiro-Addy, MP for Streatham (Labour)
What actually goes on behind the walls of one of the most iconic buildings on the banks of the river Thames? What does it mean to be an MP? Come and find out more about the ways that parliament works day-to-day, with insight from an inspiring woman with experience of moving from work as an advisor and supporter to becoming an MP herself!
About Bell Ribeiro-Addy
Bell Ribeiro-Addy is the Labour MP for Streatham, and has been an MP since December 2019, standing on a platform of working for real social justice in her constituency, the same area in which she grew up. Prior to becoming an MP herself, she worked as chief of staff and political advisor to Diane Abbott MP.
How Social Media Is Transforming Political Argument Alan Finlayson, University of East Anglia
Lots of people are worried about ‘fake news’ and misinformation online, but the effects of social media on politics go deeper. Platforms such as YouTube and Facebook have completely changed who becomes prominent on the public stage and how their ideas are communicated. In this talk, Alan will discuss some of these changes and their implications for politics in the 21st century.
About Professor Alan Finlayson
Alan Finlayson is a British political theorist and political scientist. He is Professor of Political and Social Theory at The University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, having previously taught at Swansea University and Queen’s University Belfast. He is a leading advocate of rhetorical political analysis and of its importance for the study of British politics.
Unlocking Democracy Tom Brake, Director, Unlock Democracy
Unlock Democracy was formed in 2007 (as a successor to Charter 88) and campaigns on transparency, accountability, devolution, electoral reform, and human rights. Tom will share insight into his role as director, as well as referring to his time in coalition and as a Minister.
About Tom Brake
Before being appointed Director at Unlock Democracy, Tom was the Lib Dem MP for Carshalton and Wallington from 1997 to 2019. He was a Government Minister, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, and Govt Whip between 2012 and 2015.