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Professor John Denham PC, FRSA, BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Professorial Fellow on English Identity and Politics

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Professor John Denham, Director, Centre for English Identity and Politics

My interests lie in the relationship between national identities and political behaviour and choices in contemporary England.

My background is in national and local government. I was the Labour MP for Southampton Itchen for 23 years, serving as a Minister for ten years in the 1997-2010 government. I was a Cabinet member for three years as Secretaries of State of Universities, Innovation and Skills, and of Communities and Local Government. I also chaired the Home Affairs Select Committee.

My interest in the political significance of national identity was stimulated by leading the government response to the northern English disturbances in 2001.

I am currently writing a book on the identities, governance and politics of England to be published in 2020.

On stepping down from Parliament in 2015 I joined the University of Winchester where I established the Centre for English Identity and Politics. The Centre organised a series of speakers and seminar exploring issues around English identity. The Centre will transfer to the University of Southampton in 2019.

I am also a Director of the Southern Policy Centre, which was established as the only think tank for central southern in 2014. The SPC has worked closely with local universities, including Southampton, on research including widening participation, poverty in southern England, and participative consultation. I also deliver workshops for the university’s Public Policy unit.

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