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  • Events on September 1, 2014
    Snapshot on the Labour Party
    Starts: 12:30
    Ends: September 1, 2014 - 13:30
    Location: Manchester
    Description: Full details here:

    Did you know that the People's History Museum holds an archive of over 95,000 photographs? Go behind the scenes and delve into our unique photo collections, the Labour Party photograph collection and the Communist Party of Great Britain photograph collection.

    In this lunchtime drop in session, browse through photographs on the theme of the Labour Party and uncover history through the lens.
  • Events on September 2, 2014
    Israel v. Hamas: The Full Picture
    Starts: 18:00
    Ends: September 2, 2014 - 19:00
    Location: London
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    A ceasefire was reached Tuesday to conclude the 50-day conflict that Hamas provoked with Israel in early July. The truce contained unspecific pledges to increase freedom of movement to Gaza, but no firm Israeli or Egyptian commitments on any of Hamas’s key demands – including lifting the security ‘blockade’, building an airport and seaport in the territory and releasing prisoners. Instead, the deal was nearly identical to the one Egypt and Israel had endorsed in mid-July, and which could have been reached without the death and destruction that the subsequent weeks of fighting incurred. Nonetheless, Hamas portrayed the new agreement as a “victory”, and thousands of Gazans hit the streets to celebrate the organisation’s so-called “resistance” against Israel.

    As the dust settles, a number of questions remain unanswered. Who were the winners and losers from the fighting – Israel, Hamas or the Palestinian Authority? How has the latest confrontation stoked anti-Semitism in Britain and across Europe? Is demilitarising the Gaza Strip a necessary step toward regional stability, and is it achievable? Most important, has Israeli deterrence been restored and Hamas been decisively defeated, or is another flare-up likely in the coming months and years?
  • Events on September 3, 2014
    The Future, Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo The World Unless We Take Action
    Starts: 18:00
    Ends: September 3, 2014 - 19:00
    Location: London
    Description: Full details here:

    With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the implosion of the Soviet Union, the world entered a new stage of unpredictability. From multipolarity to global interconnectedness, from the adoption of new technologies to rapid demographic changes, the world around us is transforming fast and foresight is more critical than ever. At the same time, accurate forecasting of key future trends and events is a skill that few possess.

    Since 1997, the US National Intelligence Council has been releasing a series of Global Trends reports. Fastidiously researched, the reports seek to sketch out possible global trajectories for the coming years and have become renowned for their bold but correct predictions. The reports are the favoured reading for officials in the White House and the US Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security, as well as the larger think tank and policy community. The person behind the creation of the reports is Mathew J. Burrows, a former CIA intelligence analyst who has now for the first time expanded the findings of the latest Global Trends report into a full-length narrative, forecasting the tectonic shifts that will drive us to 2030 under the title The Future, Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo The World Unless We Take Action.
  • Events on September 9, 2014
    The Future of Our NHS: An Evening with the Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP
    Starts: 18:00
    Ends: September 9, 2014 - 21:00
    Location: London
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    This event represents a fantastic opportunity for frontline healthcare professionals from across the UK to hear of Andy’s vision for the NHS under a Labour government, and to engage with him to discuss and debate the current challenges facing our health service.

    The event is to be held on the evening of Tuesday 9th September 2014 at Ernst and Young LLP, 1 More London Place, London, SE1 2AF. The evening will commence with registration from 6pm and will finish by 9pm.

    Participants will be accredited with 2 hours verifiable CPD.

    To secure your place at this exclusive event, please complete the online registration form.

    Places are limited and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

    We plan for the event to be fully interactive and will allow ample time for questions and answers and discussion.
  • Events on September 9, 2014
    The Future of Political Parties
    Starts: 18:30
    Ends: September 9, 2014 - 20:00
    Location: London
    Description: Hansard Society/Parliamentary Affairs Annual Lecture
    given by Peter Kellner, (Hansard Society Trustee and President of YouGov)

    Venue: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

    • Welcome by Dr Ruth Fox, Director Hansard Society
    • Introduction by Professor Philip Cowley, Joint editor of Parliamentary Affairs and Professor of Parliamentary Government at the University of Nottingham
    • Chaired by Professor Jonathan Tonge, Joint editor of Parliamentary Affairs and Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool

    To attend this free lecture, register at

    Details here:
  • Events on September 10, 2014
    Parliamentary Book Club
    Starts: 12:30
    Ends: September 10, 2014 - 13:30
    Location: London
    Description: 12:30pm in Bellamy's, 1 Parliament Street.

    First meeting in this Parliamentary session of the cross party Book Club which is now in its 7th year!

    We are a friendly group who meet monthly to discuss books and other subjects such as theatre and film.

    In the past we have had guest author events (with Ken Follett, PD James and Peter James) and occasionally organise evening social events such as theatre visits and meals.

    Our current reads from the summer include: "The Girl who saved the King of Sweden" - Jonas Jonasson and JAM by Jake Wallis Simmons

    Parliamentary Book Club web page:
  • Events on September 10, 2014
    Radical Islamism in Indonesia and Militant Buddhism in Burma: Prospects for Pluralism in South-East Asia
    Starts: 17:30
    Ends: September 10, 2014 - 18:30
    Location: London
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    Over the past two years there has been a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in South-East Asia, sparking friction between Buddhism and Islam, and leading to the deaths of hundreds in the region. This development of violence and conflict between the two sides strikes a discord with the general perspective many have of the values of each faith.

    Now, in Burma, where the majority of the population is Buddhist, many have been killed in clashes across the country, with Muslims suffering the most casualties. In Burma, according to Genocide Watch, approximately 300 Rohingya Muslims have been killed, with 300,000 displaced. Ashin Wirathu, one of the leading monks in the violence and who has dubbed himself as the Burmese ‘bin Laden’, has been encouraging conflict between Buddhists and Muslims by viewing the presence of Rohingya Muslims as an invasion. Furthermore, drafts of proposed laws have been unveiled recently that would curb religious conversions and interfaith marriage.

    Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has a reputation for religious pluralism enshrined in its founding state philosophy, the ‘Pancasila’. It has also made a remarkable transition from authoritarianism to democracy. However, these achievements are increasingly threatened by rising religious intolerance. Although the wave of terrorist attacks which hit Indonesia a decade ago appear to have decreased and many terrorist cells have been disbanded, political Islamism has adopted other tactics, including legislation and local regulations, resulting in a growing number of attacks on Christians and Muslim sects such as the Ahmadiyya and Shi’a, closure of churches and Ahmadi mosques, discrimination against Buddhists, Bahais and followers of indigenous traditional beliefs, and the imprisonment of an atheist. Religious intolerance has been fuelled by the Government in three ways: inflammatory rhetoric by Government officials, discriminatory legislation, and a failure to protect vulnerable minorities, bring the perpetrators of violence to justice and uphold the rule of law. Religion also played a major role in Indonesia’s Presidential elections, held on 9 July. Indonesia is at a crossroads, with its tradition of religious pluralism in peril.
  • Events on September 11, 2014
    The Rise of the Islamic State and Implications for UK Security
    Starts: 13:00
    Ends: September 11, 2014 - 14:00
    Location: London
    Description: Full details here:

    The Islamic State has been advancing throughout Iraq. It controls territory and has declared the arrival of a new Islamic caliphate, spanning Iraq and Syria. The group has executed those it perceives as enemies, gained weaponry abandoned by the Iraqi Army, recruited new fighters – including Westerners – and made significant financial gains. At the same time, the British government is growing increasingly worried about the threat posed by the returning of battle-hardened UK nationals.

    A robust Western response to this growing threat is clearly needed. US airstrikes have so far halted the Islamic State advance, but will they be enough, or will the West need to be drawn back into Iraq once more? Would re-engaging militarily in Iraq be in the British national interest? What can be done to prevent the Islamic State from gaining sympathisers in the West, and how can we safeguard against terror acts by those returning from the front lines of the conflict?
  • Events on September 16, 2014
    The Shifts and The Shocks: What we've learned – and still have to learn – from the financial crisis
    Starts: 18:30
    Ends: September 16, 2014 - 19:30
    Location: London
    Description: Full details here:

    Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times Martin Wolf gives an insightful and timely analysis of why the financial crisis occurred, and of the radical reforms needed if we are to avoid a future repeat. At this event he will be in conversation with Adair Turner.
  • Events on September 18, 2014
    From Gold to Paper and Back Again
    Starts: 18:00
    Ends: September 18, 2014 - 19:30
    Location: London
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    Money was linked historically to the value of commodities such as gold in order to help preserve its value and encourage its wide and ongoing use. There are many examples of countries temporarily delinking from commodity standards. This lecture will explore the consequences of tying monetary value to commodities and why there are better choices for a government than a commodity standard.