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Too Difficult Box line-up announced

Thu, 24 Jan 2013

Former government Ministers David Blunkett and Margaret Hodge are among the speakers appearing as part of a public lecture series at the University of East Anglia.

The new series of Too Difficult Box lectures launches next week and will see high profile politicians and policy-makers exploring the key issues facing society.

Launching the series on Thursday January 31 will be Tim Loughton, Conservative MP and former Minister for Children and Families, who will speak about child protection.

On February 7, Labour MP and former Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary, and Work and Pensions Secretary David Blunkett will talk on welfare reform.

Trevor Phillips, former chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, will give a lecture on February 21 on equality.

Margaret Hodge's lecture on February 28 will focus on stopping waste in public spending. The Labour MP was Minister for Children, then Minister for Culture and Tourism, and is chair of the Public Accounts Committee in the House of Commons.

The lectures are organised by UEA's School of Political, Social and International Studies and former Home Secretary Charles Clarke, who is a visiting professor.

Mr Clarke said: "The Too Difficult Box series aims to be an extremely rigorous and popular examination of the reasons why some of society's problems sometimes seem so hard to solve. In this next group of lectures high-profile speakers again address tough public policy problems in an interesting and accessible way."

All lectures are free to attend and take place at 6.30pm in the Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre, except for the Trevor Phillips talk, which takes place in Elizabeth Fry lecture theatre, room 01.08, UEA, Norwich,

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