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The Impossible Office: No. 10 Panel

November 15 2021@ 8:00 pm9:00 pm
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The Prime Ministerial brief has changed and grown dramatically throughout history. Originally acting as a bridge between the Crown and Parliament, the PM must now lead the nation while also being a party leader and efficient administrator. It has been the ambition of many Oxonians but is the role now powerful in theory only? Can a modern Prime Minister meaningfully set their agenda and achieve their political goals, or is it a role that must necessarily end in failure? 300 years since its introduction, this panel will unpack the history and current relevance of the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1. Sir Anthony Seldon
Sir Anthony Seldon is well known for his political biographies, charting the careers of every Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher. He has examined the history of the office in his books The Powers Behind the Prime Minister and The Impossible Office? The History of the British Prime Minister.
2. Rt. Hon. Baroness Fall
Baroness Fall is a British political advisor who served as Deputy Chief of Staff to David Cameron. She is the author of The Gatekeeper: Life at the Heart of Number 10.
3. Sir Oliver Robbins KCMG CB
Sir Oliver Robbins is a fomer senior
civil servant who served as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He was subsequently Chief Negotiator for Exiting the European Union between 2017 and 2019.
Date: November 15 2021
Time: 8:00 pm9:00 pm
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