Mile End Institute Conference - 6 May 2022


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Welcome to the live stream of New Labour, New Britain? The 1997 Election, 25 Years On brought to you by the Mile End Institute.

This major public policy and academic conference will discuss the lessons and legacy of the Labour Party’s election victory in 1997 and its long-term impact on campaigning methods, the machinery of government and Britain’s social values.

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12.30 Introduction
Dr Patrick Diamond, Director, Mile End Institute

12.45 Session I: The Road to 1997: Modernisation and Change in the Labour Party – the ’97 Campaign

Chair: Professor Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History, University of Nottingham

Presentation: Professor Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London


  • Dame Margaret Hodge MP, former ministers and chair of Public Accounts Committee (changing Labour in London; the role/importance of local government)
  • Rt Hon Caroline Flint, Former Labour Cabinet Minister (the modernisation of the party since the Kinnock era),
  • Professor Sarah Childs, Royal Holloway, University of London (the impact of all women shortlists; the implications of the 1997 result for women’s representation)
  • John McTernan, Journalist, Former Political Secretary to Tony Blair

2.00pm Session II: Keynote Address

Chair: Dr Lyndsey Jenkins, Deputy Director, Mile End Institute & Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Introduction: Professor Matthew Hilton, Vice-President, HSS

Keynote speaker: Rt Hon David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

3.00pm: Break

3.15pm Session III: Was there a Blair Revolution in British Politics?

Chair: Dr Karl Pike, Deputy Director, Mile End Institute & Lecturer in British Politics/Public Policy, Queen Mary University of London


  • Will Hutton, Columnist & President of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Polly Toynbee, Guardian Columnist (social policy)
  • Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future (identity and immigration)

4.15pm: Where Next for Labour?

Chair: Dr Lyndsey Jenkins, Deputy Director of Mile End Institute & Leverhulme Early Career Fellow


  • Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow
  • Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton
  • Dr Lise Butler, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, City University, London
  • Harry Quilter-Pinner, Director of Research and Engagement, IPPR
  • Professor Eunice Goes, Professor of Politics, University of Richmond

5.15pm: Reflection’s on Labour’s past and future

Chair: Dr Robert Saunders. Lecturer in History, Queen Mary University of London


  • Lord Mandelson, Former Cabinet Minister, European Commissioner

Themes/topics: how can Labour win the next election? Where does the party go from here?

6pm: Close


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