Liz Atkins, National Council of Voluntary Organisations

  • Liz Atkins is the Director of Public Policy for NCVO where she is responsible for creating and sustaining a favourable environment for the voluntary and community sector and strengthening its voice and reputation. Before joining NCVO, Liz worked with National Housing Federation, NSPCC and held a campaigning and policy position with the Labour Party.

Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP

  • Hazel Blears was elected as a Member of Parliament for Salford in 1997. Throughout her career she has held various key positions including Minister for Public Health, Minister of State for Policing, Security and Community Safety and in 2006 was appointed to the Cabinet Office as Chair of the Labour Party and Minister without Portfolio. She is currently Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Fiona Booth, Hansard Society

  • Fiona Booth has been Chief Executive of the Hansard Society since 2007 and prior was Deputy Chief Executive and the Director of the Society’s Citizenship Education Programme. Before joining the Hansard Society, Fiona was Head of the Education departments at Help the Aged and Quit, and also worked as an education welfare officer for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Philip Cowley, University of Nottingham

  • Philip Cowley is a Professor of Parliamentary Government at University of Nottingham. He has written a number of books including, ‘The Rebels’ and ‘British Elections and Parties Review’ and is involved with the website Revolts.co.uk. He is currently working with the Treasury on the No.10 Strategy Unit programme.

Colin Hay, University of Sheffield

  • Colin Hay is Professor of Political Analysis and co-director of the Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) at the University of Sheffield. He is author of numerous books including ‘Why We Hate Politics’ (Polity, 2007).

Chris Huhne MP

  • Chris Huhne was elected as a member of the European Parliament in 1999, after a long career as an economic and financial journalist. He came to Westminster in 2005 as MP for Eastleigh and has been Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Shadow Environment Food and Rural Affairs Secretary. He is currently Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department.

Michael Kenny, IPPR

  • Michael Kenny is currently seconded at IPPR as Head of Social Policy, working in the areas of political reform in the UK, contemporary challenges to democracy, and the place of religion in British public life and policy. He is based at the University of Sheffield, where he is Professor of Politics, and has over 15 years experience of teaching and researching in the areas of UK Politics, the history of political thought and the politics of Englishness.

Sheena McDonald

  • Sheena Mc Donald currently presents Talking Politics on BBC Radio 4 and Teachers TV News and has previously presented a number of radio and TV programmes including; The World at One, Power and the People, The World This Week, On the Record, International Question Time and Channel 4 News.

Austin Mitchell MP

  • Austin Mitchell was elected as MP for Grimsby in 1977, after careers as a television journalist and academic. He has been Opposition Whip, Member of the Treasury and Front Bench Spokesperson on Trade and Industry. He currently sits on the Agriculture Select Committee and is Vice-Chair of Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.

Lord Norton of Louth

  • Lord Norton is Professor of Government at the University of Hull’s Department of Politics and International Studies and Director of Studies for the Hansard Society Scholars programme. He was raised to the peerage in 1998 and sits on the Lords select committee of the European Union. In 20000 he chaired the Conservative Party’s Commission to Strengthen Parliament.

Peter Riddell, The Times & Hansard Society

  • Peter Riddell has been a leading political commentator and an Assistant Editor for The Times since 1991. Peter has written a number of books with his book Hug Them Close: Blair, Clinton, Bush and the ‘Special Relationship’  winning the Channel Four Political Book of the Year award in 2004. Peter has been a Hansard Society council member since 1996 and was elected Chair in 2007.

Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton

  • Gerry Stoker is Professor of Politics and Governance and director of the Centre for Citizenship and Democracy at the University of Southampton. He has authored or edited over 20 books and published over 70 refereed articles or chapters in books. His most recent book ‘Why Politics Matters’ won the 2006 political book of the year award from the Political Studies Association of the UK.

Andy Williamson, Hansard Society

  • Andy Williamson joined the Hansard Society in January 2008 as Director of the eDemocracy programme. He has an extensive background in ICT and social policy, with particular focus on eDemocracy and citizen engagement in political processes. Previously Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Government’s Digital Strategy Advisory Group, Andy is an advisor to a number of government and parliamentary agencies.

Simon Woolley, Operation Black Vote

  • Simon Woolley is the director and one of the founders of Operation Black Vote, an influential national organisation. He sits on a number of government task forces tackling race inequality and is also a board member of the String of Pearls Festival, Chair of the Black Londoners Forum, member of the National Black Caucus and of the Black Jewish Forum.

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Revitalising Politics is an examination of why, given that the UK is going through a period of constitutional innovation, we lack the revitalised politics to go along with it. This website is a space for attendees and others who are interested to review, comment and expand on the position papers being presented at the conference.

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