Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury (Chris Smith)Event
- 18:00 - 19:00, 24 June 2015
- Building 34, Room 3001, Highfield Campus
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We are pleased to announce that the Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chris Smith, will be visiting the University of Southampton as part of our Distinguished Lecture programme.
About the speaker
Chris began his political career as a Labour Councillor for Islington Borough, becoming MP for Islington South and Finsbury in 1983. In 1992 he joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Environmental Protection, and two years later moved to Heritage, then Social Security and Health.
When Labour came to power in 1997 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Chairman of the Millennium Commission. During his four years as Secretary of State he restored free admission to national museums and galleries, established NESTA, the Film Council, Creative Partnerships for schools, and the Foundation for Youth Music, expanded funding for the arts and sport, and began the switchover process for digital television.
He returned to the back benches in 2001, played a leading role in opposing the Iraq war, standing down from the Commons in 2005. Immediately afterwards he was made a life peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in July 2005. He currently sits on the crossbenches as an independent Peer. He has also been elected to become the new Master of Pembroke College, from September 2015.