Liberalism & Populism Debate at the Oxford Union

  • Event Start: 2nd February 2017, 8:30pm
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* To ballot for a place at the debate dinner and receptions with the speakers, click here: The ballot will close at 23:59 on Monday 30 January 2017. * "This House Believes Liberalism has Become Elitist" The populist movements which triumphed politically in 2016, on both sides of the Atlantic, claimed to be ‘anti-establishment’ and characterised themselves as a backlash against a ‘liberal elite’. Despite the persistence of the ‘48%’ and the victory of the Democrats in the popular vote, has liberalism really lost its mass appeal? Do its ideals still address ordinary people’s concerns? SPEAKERS Proposition Steven Woolfe MEP: Member of the European Parliament for North West England. Woolfe, formerly a frontrunner for the UKIP leadership, now sits as an independent following an infamous altercation with a fellow UKIP MEP. Matthew Elliott: Director of Vote Leave and founder of the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Elliott has been named "one of the most successful political campaigners in Westminster today". Kerry-Anne Mendoza: Founder and editor of The Canary, the alternative media outlet that is ‘here to disrupt the status quo of the UK and international journalism’. Mendoza wrote Austerity, a book defending the welfare state. Opposition Anna Soubry MP: Conservative MP for Broxtowe and former Minister of State. Soubry, outspoken and compelling in her advocacy for the EU, came second in Leave.EU’s ‘Remoaner of the Year’ awards. Lord Ming Campbell: Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats. Campbell is now a member of the House of Lords and Chancellor of St Andrews University, after twenty-eight years in the House of Commons. Dan Hodges: Columnist for The Mail on Sunday. Hodges describes himself as a ‘tribal neo-Blairite’, actively criticised Ed Miliband and is a fervent opponent of Jeremy Corbyn.