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What Just Happened and What Happens Next? Gavin Esler discusses with Ian Birrell, Tim Montgomerie, Philip Collins & Ayesha Hazarika

The Politics Festival 2017
Spoken Word / Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 1:00pm / Hall One
£29.50 – £14.50 | Savers £9.50*

After the most dramatic election result for decades, a panel of commentators seek to explain what happened, why they got it so wrong, and look ahead to the future. How long can Theresa May remain as Prime Minister? Will there be an early election? Will Jeremy Corbyn continue to surge? Is Brexit doomed?

Join Mail on Sunday columnist and former adviser to David Cameron Ian Birrell, founder of ConservativeHome and now launching Un-Herd Tim Montgomerie, former Chief Speech Writer for Tony Blair and Times columnist Philip Collins, and former special adviser to Harriet Harman and stand-up comedian Ayesha Hazarika in this exploration of some of the most potent political issues. 

Marcus Roberts, director of International Projects at YouGov, will present an analysis of the 2017 election. The event is followed later by Owen Jones at 8.30pm one of Jeremy Corbyn's most prominent supporters.


Tim Montgomerie
is a political activist, blogger and columnist and former comment editor for The Times. He co-founded the think tank Centre for Social Justice with Iain Duncan Smith, and created and edited the ConservativeHome, a centre-right political blog and is now launching Un-Herd.

Philip Collins is a columnist and previous chief leader writer for The Times. He is also the chair of the board of trustees at the independent think tank Demos. Before joining The Times he was the Chief Speech Writer for the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, the Director of the Social Market Foundation think-tank and an Equity Strategist at two investment banks.

Ayesha Hazarika is a former Special Adviser to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband and is now a political commentator and stand-up comedian.

Ian Birrell is contributing editor of The Mail on Sunday as foreign reporter and commentator. He writes a weekly column in the i paper as well as writing for the Daily Mail, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Spectator. Ian Birrell was adviser and speechwriter for David Cameron in the run-up to the 2010 general election.

Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, journalist and author, and Chancellor of the University of Kent. He has presenteDateline London on BBC World and the BBC News Channel, and numerous other TV and radio programmes ranging from Newsnight to Breakfast News. He is also the author of five novels, and a non-fiction book about the United States, The United States of Anger. He was the Chief North America Correspondent from 1989 – 1997. He frequently writes for publications including The Scotsman, The Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Mirror, The Independent, La Vie, and The New Statesman.

Please note Steve Richards will no longer chair this event.

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