Charles Clarke in-conversation Charles Clarke in-conversation

Charles Clarke in-conversation

Discovering why politics matters

Events start: 6.30pm

FREE TO ATTEND - all welcome

Location: Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre, UEA

PLEASE NOTE: The John Bercow event is in Lecture Theatre 2, UEA

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Thursday 22 October - CAROLINE LUCAS

Video: Charles Clarke in-conversation with Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas was first elected as Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion in 2010 and again in 2015 with an increased majority. She served as leader of the Green Party of England and Wales from 2008 to 2012. In 1999, she was elected as one of the Party's first MEPs and represented the South East region until becoming the UK’s first Green MP.

Caroline is a Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency, and Vice Chair of the Public and Commercial Services, Sustainable Housing, Animal Welfare, and CND APPGs.  She is also a member of various other all party groups, including on HIV and Aids, 6th Form Colleges, Children and International Corporate Responsibility.

She sits on Parliament’s influential Environmental Audit Committee and has also sat on temporary committees set up to scrutinise Government legislation.
Caroline is married with two sons and lives in Brighton.

Thursday 19 November - NORMAN LAMB

Video: Charles Clarke in-conversation with Norman Lamb

Norman Lamb has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk since 2001. He was appointed Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health in September 2012 and served in this position until the end of the Coalition Government in May 2015.
As Health Minister, Norman worked to reform the broken care system and led the drive to integrate health and care, with a greater focus on preventing ill-health. He also challenged the NHS to ensure that mental health was treated with the same priority as physical health, with access waiting standards being introduced this year.

He was educated at Wymondham College, Norfolk and the University of Leicester, where he studied law. He worked for Norwich City Council as a senior assistant solicitor before joining Norfolk solicitors Steele and Co, where he became a partner and Head of the firm’s specialist Employment Unit.

Thursday 26 November - JOHN BERCOW, MR SPEAKER

(Please note: This event is in Lecture Theatre 2, UEA)

Video: Charles Clarke in-conversation with John Bercow

On 22 June 2009 John Bercow was elected 157th Speaker of the House of Commons.
A former national Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students and London Borough Councillor, he was elected Member of Parliament for Buckingham in May 1997 as a Conservative, serving on the front benches as spokesman for Education & Employment and Home Affairs. 

He was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2001 then Shadow Minister for Work & Pensions in 2002 and from 2003 to 2004 as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.

He then became a member of the International Development Select Committee and served as co-Chair of the All party Parliamentary group on Burma, vice-Chair of the APG on the prevention of genocide, Africa and Sudan. He was Secretary of the All Party group on Human Rights and established the All Party group on Brain Tumours.

In September 2007 he was appointed by the Government to lead a review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. 

Appointed to the Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation in November 2008 he became Chair of the Conference on becoming Speaker.

Thursday 3 December - CAROLINE FLINT

Video: Charles Clarke in-conversation with Caroline Flint

Caroline has been a member of the Labour party since 1979.  She is one of Labour's best known parliamentarians and frequently appears on current affairs programmes.  After Labour's defeat in the general election in May 2015, Caroline stood for the post of Deputy Leader.

Her first Ministerial appointment, in 2003, was as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office, before being moved to the Department of Health in 2005 as Minister for Public Health. Since then, she served in Government as Minister for Employment from 2007-2008, for Housing and Planning in 2008, and for Europe from 2008-2009. In 2010, Caroline was elected to Labour's Shadow Cabinet and was subsequently apppointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by former Labour Leader Ed Miliband.

Previously Caroline worked in the voluntary sector and for a trade union before becoming an MP.  In local government she was a union shop-steward.  She is a member of Community Union and the GMB.