Populism Debate

  • Event Start: 9th November 2017, 8:30pm
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This House Believes Populist Leaders Deliver No Real Change

The global surge of populism has been fuelled by the incendiary claims of the movement’s charismatic leaders, capturing voters with a narrative often driven by thinly-veiled xenophobia and commitments to ‘drain the swamp’.  Yet across the world, populist leaders are frequently accused of betraying their supporters once they take office, unable to deliver on the bold promises on which their rhetoric is built.  Do they truly overhaul the establishments they decry?

Speakers in Proposition:

  • Ferenc Gyurcsány  -  The Prime Minister of Hungary fromn 2004 to 2009, he quit the MSZP party in 2011 to establish the Democratic Coalition (DK) under his own leadership
  • Tulip Siddiq MP  -  The Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn since 2015, she previously worked for Amnesty International and Save the Children.  She nominated Corbyn for the Labour Leadership

Speakers in Opposition:

  • Ken Livingstone  -  The Mayor of London from 2000 until 2008, he was characterised by Thatcher's biographer as 'the only truly successful left-wing British politician of modern times'
  • Aaron Banks  -  Eurosceptic and co-founder of the Leave EU campaign, the businesman and political donor was one of UKIP's biggest financial backers

Prior to this debate, the Emergency Debate will be held at 7.45pm on a motion to be decided

With many thanks to the following who have generously donated floor prizes for the Main Debate: