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Public Lecture: The Blair Government Reconsidered

Lecture led by Dr Jon Davis, King’s College London

Date/Time: Tuesday 14 May 2019, 17:30

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

The Labour governments under Tony Blair were roundly criticised for their lack of collective Cabinet government, an over-reliance on unelected special advisers and the use of the ‘dark arts’ of presentational ‘spin’. Based upon the book of the same name, this talk will counter these criticisms and provide a more accurate picture of Blair’s New Labour decade.


Public lectures at Newcastle University are free and open to all. Our aim is to offer a programme that will inform, stimulate, entertain, and excite debate. 

Many of our speakers are leaders in their field and all have something of special interest to convey. Our lectures cover a wide range of disciplines and frequently include key contemporary issues, particularly those that affect our daily lives.

Any views expressed by speakers are their own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Newcastle University.