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What is a Moral Society?

What is a Moral Society?

An evening with Angela Eagle MP and the Rev Richard Coles

18 June 2015

18 June 2015, What is a moral society @ People's History Museum © Sophie Herxheimer

Time 18:30 - 20:30

Duration 2 hours

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £5

An evening with Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and the Reverend Richard Coles, Vicar, broadcaster and former Communard, hosted and chaired by Daniel Rachel, musician and author of Isle of Noises.  The conversation will explore the key question ‘What is a moral society?’, Angela and Richard will address the notion of a ‘good society’ and the moral responsibility of its people.  They will further explore the state of the nation within the current and changing economic climate.  The conversation will extend to the floor and challenge you to consider, ‘Are we in need of a new moral code?’ and ‘How important and valuable is compassion, kindness and collective goodness in society?’.

We invite you to come and listen and join in the conversation!  Challenge the speakers; further the debate!

Suitable for young people and adults

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About the speakers

Angela Eagle MPAngela Eagle has long been at the forefront of Labour’s campaign for equality and social justice.  She was first elected to parliament in the 1992 general election after defeating the then Minister for Overseas Development at the Foreign Office, Lynda Chalker, by 3,809 votes to become the first ever Labour Member of Parliament for Wallasey.  Since her election to parliament, Angela rapidly rose through Labour’s ranks to become one of the party’s most senior and respected MPs.

During Labour’s period in office, she held various ministerial posts and in 2008 was promoted by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to Pensions Minister.  Following Labour’s 2010 general election defeat Angela was appointed to Labour’s shadow cabinet to the role of Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.  In 2011 Angela was moved to the position of Shadow Leader of the House and in 2013, Angela became Chair of the Labour Party and the National Policy Forum.

Rev Richard Coles, photo © CorbisRichard Coles is a priest of the Church of England and Vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire, where two of his ancestors were Vicars in the 17th century (the latter sequestered for malignancy).  He has a parallel career in broadcasting and currently co-presents Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4.  He appears regularly on television, as a panellist on QI and Have I Got News For You.  He also appears in the Pause For Thought slot on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 show.  A quarter of a century ago he was in the pop band The Communards, which makes him the only Vicar to have had a number one record.  The first volume of his autobiography, Fathomless Riches, was published in 2014.  He is also a board member of Wellingborough Homes, a Housing Association, and has a particular interest in housing matters.  He also has four dachshunds.


Daniel RachelDaniel Rachel is the author of Isle of Noises: Conversations with Great British Songwriters an NME and Guardian Book of the Year.  He previously was the lead singer of Rachels Basement before enjoying a successful decade as a solo artist.  Daniel is currently writing a second book for Picador, Walls Come Tumbling Down examining the role of music and politics during the era of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone, Red Wedge and Margaret Thatcher.     





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  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
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