Six Long Road Politics A level students were invited to attend the 2016 Antcliffe Lecture at Trinity College, Cambridge. The lecture, Pragmatism versus Populism: Building a winning Labour Project in the age of anti-politics, was given by Tristram Hunt, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central at Trinity College, Cambridge. Mr Hunt, who read History at Trinity College, talked about what the Labour Party needs to do to be electable, challenges faced by the main parties, and the impact on liberty and democracy of the Internet. With reference to the Labour Party, he discussed a ‘Cambridge / Clacton’ divide and how the new Labour Party members need to reach out to Clacton voters.
Student Lucy McMahon says: “I thought it was a really interesting experience to see what a key member of the Labour party thought about the current political climate and the party’s response to the public after losing the election. In the question and answer session after the talk, hearing his personal opinions on the state of both the Labour and Conservative parties was interesting, as it gave us an insight into Parliament and how MPs genuinely feel about current political issues.”
Photo left to right: Joseph deSouza, Thomas Shortt, Emily Christmas, Amazon Golding, Lia Phillips and Lucy McMahon
Next up: a talk about President Obama at the Cambridge Law School – and an EU debate in College on 10th May.