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  • Date and time Wed 24 Nov 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Baron Andrew Adonis

Baron Andrew Adonis, British Labour peer, and past Secretary of State for Transport and Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, will be joining Professor Roger Kirby, RSM President, for a discussion about his political career and humble beginnings, his perspective on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted education in schools and public transport, and finally, Baron Adonis will be sharing his opinion on the Brexit strategy and his campaign for a ‘People’s Vote’.

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Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis PC, is a former British Labour Party politician, academic and journalist who served in the Labour Government for five years. In his early years, he was educated at Kingham Hill School and at Keble College and Nuffield College at Oxford before beginning his career as an academic at Oxford University, and then becoming a journalist at the Financial Times and later The Observer.

Baron Adonis was appointed by Prime Minister Tony Blair to be an advisor at the Number 10 Policy Unit, specialising in constitutional and educational policy, in 1998. He was later promoted to become the Head of the Policy Unit from 2001 until being made a life peer in 2005, when he was appointed to the Government soon after as Minister of State for Education. He remained in that role when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in 2007, before becoming Minister of State for Transport in 2008. In 2009, he was promoted to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Transport, a position he held until 2010.

Baron Adonis has worked for a number of think tanks, is a board member of Policy Network and is the author or co-author of several books, including several studies of the British class system, the rise and fall of the Community Charge, and the Victorian House of Lords. He has also co-edited a collection of essays on Roy Jenkins.

From 2015, Baron Adonis was the Chair of the independent National Infrastructure Commission but resigned in December 2017 to focus his attention on Brexit. Currently he is Chairman of the European Movement, having previously served as Vice-Chairman from 2019 to 2021, and a columnist for The New European.

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