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Friday 8 May 2015, Rob Lyons

Can conservatism survive the 21st century?

Listen to this podcast from the Battle of Ideas archive on the past, present and future of conservatism

With the Conservative Party winning a surprise majority in the UK’s general election, what does conservatism mean today? This session from the Battle of Ideas 2011 addresses how David Cameron’s Tories, who have in many ways sought to distance themselves from a lot of conservative values, fit into the conservative tradition and asks whether conservatism as an idea has a future.   

SPEAKERS

Steve Davies
education director, Institute of Economic Affairs; author, The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought

Greg Lindsay
founder and executive director, Centre for Independent Studies

Tim Montgomerie
co-editor, ConservativeHome; co-founder, ConservativeIntelligence.com; member, advisory board, Centre for Social Justice

Kieron O’Hara
senior research fellow, University of Southampton; author, Conservatism and After Blair

James Panton
Head of politics, Magdalen College School, Oxford; associate lecturer in politics and philosophy, Open University; co-founder, The Manifesto Club.


CHAIR
Neil Davenport
writer; head of sociology, JFS Sixth Form Centre; contributor, spiked

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