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Centre for English Identity and PoliticsEvents

Progressive Patriotism: lessons from Wales? Event

12:30 - 14:00
15 November 2021

Event details

Over two decades in which the politics of Britain’s nations have diverged significantly, Wales has become the Labour Party’s only national success story. In the Senedd election of 2021 Welsh Labour won 50% of the seats. The reasons for this success are contested. Did First Minister Mark Drakeford share an ‘incumbency effect’ during the pandemic with Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson? Was ‘clear red water’ created between Welsh Labour and UK Labour? Or has Welsh Labour forged a distinctive progressive national politics? If so, are there wider lessons for Labour (and other parties) in the rest of the UK? Our speakers will explore the development of Welsh Labour politics from devolution to the current day and discuss where Welsh Labour might go next in a changing United Kingdom.

Speaker information

Mick Antoniw ,Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution. Welsh Labour Member of Senedd for Pontypridd, co-author of ‘We the People, the case for radical federalism

Leighton Andrews,Professor of Practice in Public Service Leadership and Innovation, Cardiff University, former Minister for Education in the Welsh Government

Laura McAllister CBE,Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales, Cardiff University

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