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Wednesday 21 November 2012, 5.30-7pm, QEIICC Westminster (followed by drinks)

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Last chance to register for Baroness Williams of Crosby

19 November 12

To register for your place at this free public event email p.ainsworth@lancaster.ac.uk

The Rt Hon Baroness Williams of Crosby, PC will be in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Clifford Longley discussing 'Does politics still need religion?', followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Shirley Williams is a prominent politician, academic and Roman Catholic. She served as a Labour Cabinet minister in the 1970s, and was one of the “Gang of Four” who founded the Social Democratic Party in 1981, becoming its first President. Created a life peer in 1993, she later became Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords [2001 – 2004].

Shirley Williams’ father, the philosopher and political scientist George Catlin, introduced her to the Roman Catholic Church. In her book God and Caesar: Personal Reflections on Politics and Religion she explores the relationship between Christian teaching, the Church and public life. She has also been influenced greatly by her mother, the feminist and pacifist writer Vera Brittain.

Her initial career was as a journalist. For a period Shirley Williams also pursued an academic career at Harvard University, as full professor at the Kennedy School of Government, and continues to maintain a close association as Professor Emeritus of Elective Politics. 

Clifford Longley was for 15 years the Religious Affairs editor of The Times, and subsequently a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and The Tablet. He too is a Roman Catholic, and broadcasts regularly on Radio 4’s “Thought for the Day”. His book Chosen People: the Big Idea that Shaped England and America explores the sense of God-given destiny the two nations have shared.

For directions to the conference venue visit: http://www.qeiicc.co.uk/attending-an-event/venue-location/finding-us

Watch the first Westminster Faith Interview with Prof Sir John Sulston here: http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk/faith_interviews/john_sulston

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