‘A (Dis)United Kingdom’?

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University of Leicester politics experts to hold public ‘Question Time’ discussion on 14 May on the future of British politics following the 2015 General Election

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 8 May 2015

Politics experts from the University of Leicester will be holding a free public ‘Question Time’-like roundtable discussion on the future of British politics in the wake of the 2015 General Election results on Thursday 14 May.

The researchers, who are from the University of Leicester’s Department of Politics and International Relations, will take questions from the audience while reflecting on the General Election campaign, discussing the election outcomes and evaluating the broader implications for UK politics.

Topics to be discussed at the event include:

  • How did people vote in the 2015 General Election?
  • How did the parties perform?
  • What went wrong with the polls?
  • Why are women and ethnic minorities still under-represented in the House of Commons?
  • Where will foreign policy go from here?
  • What will happen with the EU referendum?
  • How will the Conservatives govern?
  • What kinds of issues will they face in office?
  • Where to from here for Labour and the Liberal Democrats?
  • Is the future of the Union in doubt?
  • Will we finally see electoral reform?

The results will be interpreted from the perspective of the experts’ research, with each researcher talking for a maximum of 5 minutes on their topic before opening up for general discussion.

Dr Meryl Kenny, lecturer in government and politics, who is organising the roundtable discussion, said: “The 2015 General Election was an astonishing night full of shock results, with huge consequences for British politics. This event will examine the implications of these dramatic results, as well as the questions and challenges that lie ahead in what looks to be a fundamental transformation of the British political landscape.”

This event is organised by the University of Leicester’s 3PO Research Cluster (Parties, Participation & Public Opinion) in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

The free public event will take place on Thursday 14 May between 5.00 - 6.30pm, in the Ken Edwards Building Room 528 at the University of Leicester.

For more information about the University of Leicester’s 3PO Research Cluster visit the website here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/politics/research/research-clusters/3PO  


Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact Dr Meryl Kenny at mk463@leicester.ac.uk or call 0116 252 2713 or 07847 759 573.

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