Lord McNally delivers Annual Westminster Lecture

Posted on 19th March 2014

Lord Tom McNally explored the issue of democracy in a lecture held at the University of Chester.

Professor Danny Moss, Lord McNally and Professor Harris.
Professor Danny Moss, Lord McNally and Professor Harris.

This year’s Annual Westminster Lecture at the University reflected on the lessons of 50 years of working in Whitehall and Westminster. He offered fascinating insights into the way in which politics and political events and personalities have shaped the way the UK has been, and is, governed today.

Lord McNally discussed three upcoming exercises in democracy which will “have a profound impact on our country and its place in the world” – the European Elections in May, the referendum in Scotland and the General Election in May 2015.

During the Lecture he explored what could be done to re-energise politics and engage more people in the area and encourage more people to vote.

Lord McNally is a Lib Dem Peer and until December 2013 was the Minister of State for Justice in the Coalition Government. A former senior Downing Street adviser, MP and founding member of the SDP, Tom entered the House of Lords in 1995. From 2014, he will take up his new post as Chair of the Youth Justice Board.

The event was hosted by the University’s International Centre for Corporate and Public Affairs Research (ICCPAR). The Centre has been established to consolidate and extend the on-going research and publication in this field undertaken by Professor Phil Harris, Executive Dean of Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and Professor Danny Moss at the University of ChesterBusiness School. Professor Harris and Professor Moss are the founding co-editors of the Journal of Public Affairs – a leading journal in this field.

The Annual ICCPAR Westminster Lecture was conceived to provide a platform through which the Centre can illuminate and share knowledge about a specific issue or themes relevant to business and society today.

The Lecture was open to senior managers, business leaders, public sector executives, politicians, academics and researchers in this field.

Professor Phil Harris, Dean of the University of Chester Business School, said: “We are honoured to welcome Lord McNally to deliver this year’s Annual Westminster Lecture. His talk gave a unique insight into politics from someone with a wealth of experience in this area and we hope it inspired the audience.”