Gladstonian Liberalism - Relic of the Past or Blueprint for the Future? - SOLD OUT

Please note this event is now sold out.

Provisional start time: 6.15pm

Nick Clegg joins us to consider Gladstonian Liberalism and ponders whether the central tenets of William Gladstone's politics should be confined to history or used as a model for the future. Which elements are considered integral to Liberalism today?

In 1999 Nick Clegg was elected Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands - the first liberal Parliamentarian in the whole region since the 1930s. As an MEP, he co-founded the Campaign for Parliamentary Reform, which led calls for reforms to expenses, transparency and accountability in the European Parliament. He was also the Trade and Industry Spokesman for the Liberal group of MEPs and piloted a radical new law breaking up telecoms monopolies. He became Europe spokesman in Charles Kennedy’s shadow cabinet, acting as deputy to Menzies Campbell. When Ming won the 2006 leadership election, he became Shadow Home Secretary. Nick was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats in December 2007. Following the election in 2010, Nick took the party into government as part of the first Coalition in the UK since the Second World War, where he put Liberal Democrat policies into practice for the first time – the £800 income tax cut, the £2.5b pupil premium, legislating for gay marriage and introducing shared parental leave. Nick stood down as leader in 2015.

A 45 minute lecture with time for questions at the end.

Tickets will go onsale on Monday, 24th July at 9am. Tickets are priced at £15. To book, please call 01244 532350 or email

Please note the start time of 6.15pm is provisional and may change. If the start time is altered, all attendees will be contacted.