12th June: The Political Quarterly Conversation

Wednesday 12 June 2024 @ 19.00 - 20.30


University College London

The Political Quarterly Conversation

“Facing unpleasant facts”: What can the next government do about the economy? with Stephanie Flanders and Professor Michael Jacobs

Chair: Gavin Kelly (Resolution Foundation)

7pm – 8.30pm, Wednesday 12th June

Venue: G12, 1-19 Torrington Place, University College London, WC1E 7HB

“I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts…” George Orwell

The next government of the United Kingdom will inherit a set of unprecedented economic challenges. But do the politicians of any incoming government, and voters, understand the challenges? What will it take to create an economy fit for the future?

In this special event in partnership with The Political Quarterly, our expert panel – including Professor Michael Jacobs (University of Sheffield) and Stephanie Flanders (Bloomberg) – will face up to the unpleasant facts, and ask: what can the next government do about the economy?

Michael Jacobs is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sheffield. He was formerly a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Treasury, a special adviser to Gordon Brown in the No 10 Policy Unit, and Director of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice.

Stephanie Flanders is Senior Executive Editor for Economics at Bloomberg and head of Bloomberg Economics. She was Chief Market Strategist for Europe at J P Morgan Asset Management in London (2013-17) and BBC Economics Editor (2008-13). She has also been Senior Advisor to US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers (1997-2001), editorial-writer for the Financial Times and an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and London Business School.

Gavin Kelly is Chair of the Resolution Foundation and Chief Executive of the Resolution Trust. Previously he was Chief Executive of Resolution Foundation and before this worked in No 10 Downing Street as Deputy Chief of Staff and at HMT as a member of the Council of Economic Advisors. Gavin is also Chair of the Living Wage Commission and board member of the Orwell Foundation and Political Quarterly.

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