New Labour and the European Union: Blair and Brown’s Logic of History (7 April 2011)

You are invited to the launch of “New Labour and the European Union: Blair and Brown’s Logic of History”, by Dr Oliver Daddow

 7 April 2011, 5.00 – 6.45 pm, followed by a reception

Venue:  Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

 Programme:

 17.00 – 17.30:   Dr Oliver Daddow outlines the theses in his new book
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Loughborough University; Author of “New Labour and the European Union: Blair and Brown’s Logic of History”

 17.30 – 17.45:   Commentary by Sir Stephen Wall
former UK Representative to the EU and European adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair; Chairman of The Federal Trust

 17.45 – 18.00:   Commentary by Rt Hon Lord Radice
Recent Author of “Trio: Inside the Blair, Brown, Mandelson Project”

 18.00 – 18.45:   Questions & Comments from the floor

18.45 – 19.30:   Reception

Chaired by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust

This new book, published by Manchester University Press, explores Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s attempt to sell the European ideal to the British people. The book is sympathetic to the challenge New Labour set itself in this field but also critical of the rhetorical techniques it used in government when discussing European issues. The book concludes that overall the New Labour government failed to live up to its early promises of building a ‘pro-European consensus’ in Britain. Trapped between a broadly hostile media and an apathetic public, Blair and Brown failed to provide the leadership necessary to guide Britain into a more European future.

Copies of “New Labour and the European Union: Blair and Brown’s Logic of History” will be on sale at a discounted price of £10 (paperback) and £30 (hardback).

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to Ulrike Rüb-Taylor on ulrike.rub@fedtrust.co.uk or ring 020 7320 3045.

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