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ARU date for former Home Secretary Charles Clarke

Published: 24 October 2019 at 16:51

Charles Clarke (Picture: Policy Exchange)

Ex-Labour politician will discuss Brexit and future of politics at latest LHRU event

Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke will discuss Brexit and its effect on British politics during a free public event at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge on Monday, 4 November.

The talk, hosted by ARU’s Labour History Research Unit, will see the former Labour politician discuss the current Brexit situation and its implications for the shape and future of modern politics.  

Clarke was MP for Norwich South from 1997 until 2010 and became Education Secretary under Prime Minister Tony Blair, before succeeding David Blunkett as Home Secretary in 2004.

Since leaving Parliament he has emerged as an important commentator on current affairs and has edited the book The Too Difficult Box: The Big Issues that Politicians Can't Crack (2014).

Rohan McWilliam, Professor of Modern British History at ARU and Director of the Labour History Research Unit, said:


“Brexit has transformed British politics in ways we are still trying to understand. 

“The outcome of Brexit is still unclear and so are the implications for British politics. It’s difficult to predict what the political landscape will look like once the dust settles, and whether new alliances and new parties will emerge. 

“Brexit has placed issues such as immigration at the centre of political discussion as well as Britain's relationship with Northern Ireland. It has also allowed both the far left and the far right to get a hearing in a way that has not happened for generations.

“This talk by Charles Clarke will be an opportunity to take part in one of the most important political debates of our times. It also confirms Anglia Ruskin as an ideas hub where pivotal discussions about the future of politics and society take place.”


The free public event will be staged in room LAB002 from 6-8pm on Monday, 4 November. Booking is not required and further information is available from [email protected]