Posted on Friday 27th July 2012
Robert Page, Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy, was a participant at a recent conference The Labour Party and the British New Left, held in London on Wednesday 27 June. This one-day workshop was organised by Queen Mary's Centre for Public Engagement, the Labour Movement's Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association, University College Oxford, and the Institute for Public Policy Research. Its purpose was to bring academics, activists and policymakers together to discuss the relationship between the British Labour movement and the post-1956 British New Left.
The picture shows Robert addressing a panel of distinguished commentators. These are (from left to right), Marc Stears (University College Oxford and Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Michael Walzer (a political philosopher and author of Spheres of Justice), Lord Maurice Glasman (leading light in 'Blue' Labour), Mike Rustin (University of East London, and a founding editor of Soundings), Hilary Wainwright (Editor of Red Pepper), Anthony Barnett (Founder of Charter 88 and Open Democracy) and Jon Cruddas (MP for Dagenham, Rainham and Head of Labour's current policy review).
Robert subsequently delivered his paper on The Progressive Turn in Post-1945 Conservative Social Policy at a conference on Progressivism: Past and Present at Senate House, London organised by the Centre for British Politics at the University of Nottingham. This one-day conference brought together academics, policy makers, politicians and journalists to examine the meanings and limits of the word 'progressive' in modern British politics. The respondent to Robert's paper was former Conservative Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Lord Douglas Hurd of Westwell.