May 6th. It's the night before one of the most unpredictable elections in decades. So what better time to explore constitution? Think of tonight as Question Time with cocktails.
First we explore our own yours. What does it mean to be you? Explorer, medic and writer Gavin Francis will brilliantly take us on a journey through ourselves, taking in health and illness, the workings of our brain and heart and offering insights into the secrets of own bodies.
Then get to grips with the politics, Professor Robert Hazell is a leading academic in government and constitution at UCL. An expert on hung Parliaments and was the go to person to explain how government was formed after the 2010 election. This is your perfect opportunity to understand what happens after the May 7th votes are counted.
Religion and constitution have historically been a thorn in each other’s side, and we will welcome Yasmin Alibahi Brown telling us why she implores modern Islamic women to refuse the veil. Yasmin is winner of the Orwell Prize for journalism, a columnist for The Independent and a familiar face on our televisions, talking on matters of multiculturalism.
TV star and agitator of UK’s youth Rick Edwards has written ‘None of the Above’ a passionate call to voting action as a counterpoint to certain media stars calling for the youth of today not to vote. When people don’t vote they get margainalised he says, and he will be explaining his constitutional standpoint.
We will then throw the room over to your question of constitution. Get involved. Proud Archivist, doors at 7pm.
Prof Robert Hazell CBE
Professor Robert Hazell is Professor of Government and the Constitution at University College London. He founded the Constitution Unit at UCL in 1995 as an independent think-tank specialising in constitutional reform. The Unit has published detailed reports on every aspect of Britain's constitutional reform programme.
In 2009-10 Prof Hazell led a research project on hung Parliaments, and the need for a Cabinet Manual. He was much in demand in the media explaining how the government was formed after the 2010 election, and will perform a similar role in May 2015.
Rick began his career on the standup circuit after graduating with a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. He now works as a journalist, presenter and screenwriter.
Rick can currently be seen on BBC Three hosting Free Speech, the live current affairs debate show, and wrote None of the Above a political call to action for the UK's youth to use their vote.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown came to this country in 1972 from Uganda. She completed her M.Phil. in literature at Oxford in 1975. She is a journalist who has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, The Mail and other newspapers and is now a regular columnist on The Independent and London’s Evening Standard. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of several books. Her book, No Place Like Home, well received by critics, was an autobiographical account of a twice removed immigrant.
Gavin Francis qualified in medicine from Edinburgh in 1999. He is the author of three books: True North, Travels in Arctic Europe (2008, 2010), Empire Antarctica, Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins (2012), & Adventures in Human Being (2015). A frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books and the Guardian, and when Gavin is not writing, he works in general practice and emergency medicine in Edinburgh.
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