A public conference discussing the causes and consequences of the 1997 general election
3 June 2017
Time 11:00 - 16:30
Duration 5 hours 30 minutes
The general election held on 1 May 1997 was a unique moment in British history. Though it was two decades ago, 1997 remains a live and controversial subject, the consequences of which continue to shape Britain in 2017.
Not only did the election see a massive collapse in electoral support for the dominant Conservative Party, it also saw a supposedly different kind of Labour Party assume office, one that under Tony Blair mapped out a ‘Third Way’ of doing politics.
But, if Blair’s New Labour government was elected in hope, and it did launch many initiatives aimed at reducing social exclusion, some see it as failing to reverse inequality, and being responsible for one of the worst foreign policy mistakes and financial disasters of modern times.
How fair are such assessments? Experts, political figures and others who were actually there discuss the causes and the consequences of the 1997 general election, and the lessons for today that might be drawn from it.
Suitable for adults and young people
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