Edward Leigh MP on the EU financial crisis

We are sorry to announce that the event has been cancelled as the speaker was called to Russia to monitor the upcoming Presidential elections.


On the 1st March the Christ’s Politics Society will welcome Edward Leigh MP. From 2001 to 2010 he was the chairman of the powerful Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises public sector spending, and is today one of the most influential euro-sceptic rebels. He will talk on the EU financial crisis, and how this affects the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition.

Do not miss this opportunity to hear from a famously bold and engaging speaker!

DATE: Thursday 1st March
TIME: 8.50pm
LOCATION: Lloyd Room, Christ’s


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Up next – David Rennie, the Economist’s ‘Bagehot’ and ‘Charlemagne’ Correspondent

On Thursday, 2nd February, at 6.15pm, David Rennie, The Economist’s “Charlemagne” and “Bagehot” Correspondent will be coming to talk to the Christ’s Politics Society in the Lloyd Room at Christ’s College, starting at 6pm. He previously worked for The Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He is the son of Sir John Rennie, an ex-Director of MI6.

The event is free and open to all in Cambridge, whether you go to Christ’s or not; all are most welcome. The talk will start at 6pm and there will be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards. The event will finish in time for formal hall; if you would like to come to formal hall with the speaker and committee after the event please email Charles Read on cpr34@cam.ac.uk


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Lord Alton dinner – ‘How do you solve a problem like Korea?’

About a week and a half ago, the Christ’s Politics Society hosted its first event in Michaelmas, its annual dinner followed by a speech by the cross-bench peer Lord Alton of Liverpool.

Lord Alton spoke engagingly on his own involvement in North Korea, offered some analysis of the current political, social and economic situation in the country and suggested some ways for Britain and the rest of the world to deal with the situation.

He told of some of the suffering endured by North Koreans. Many attempt to flee the country, no easy task given the army’s orders to shoot those trying to escape. North Korea maintains gulags, with some inmates even having been born and spent their entire lives in the camps in horrific conditions. The parents of Shin Dong-Hyok, who managed to escape the gulags, met in Camp 14, and he spent the first 23 years of his life there, where he was tortured and witnessed the execution of his mother and brother.

Alongside these human rights abuses, there are also signs of hope. The first North Korean private university was recently set up by a Cambridge graduate in Pyongyang, the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Lord Alton has been among those working towards greater cooperation with the country and encouraging increased openness, while emphasising the need to improve its record on human rights.

It was an interesting talk, providing much information on a country that is often ignored.

For more information on Lord Alton’s work, check out his website.

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Up next – annual dinner, Lord Alton, 3rd November

Our annual dinner is now open for booking for all members of Christ’s College.

The Christ’s Politics Society will proudly present Lord Alton of Liverpool who will deliver a talk entitled “How do you solve a problem like Korea? Security, human rights and humanitarian action” after the Society’s four course annual dinner in Christ’s OCR.

Lord Alton was the first Parliamentarian to visit North Korea, and as chairman of the British-DPRK All-Party Parliamentary Group has met with Choe Thae Bok, chairman of the Supreme People’s Assembly. This October, Lord Alton lectured on the ethical use of science at the opening of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the country’s first English speaking higher education institution.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to hear from an expert with rare experience of the secretive North Korean state. The sumptuous dinner promises to go even further in making it an evening to remember.

Date: 3rd November
Time: 7.00pm
Location: The Old Combination Room
Dress code: Suits
Price: £31 with alcohol, £23.50 without

Places are limited, so book in early via the College system to avoid disappointment. Any queries, contact John Watts.

Booking will open for Politics Society members outside Christ’s on 26th October – prices tbc.

Menu (Vegetarian option also available)

Pre-dinner drinks: Amontillado, Fino & fresh orange juice.
Game Soup
Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Baron Philippe de Rothschild
Mulberry Sorbet
Roast Saddle of Lamb with Apricot Stuffing
(carved in the room)
Roast winter vegetables
Cauliflower Mornay
Roast Potatoes
Chusclan Cotes du Rhone 2009, Villages, Seigneurie de Gicon
White Chocolate Mousse with Fruits of the Forest
Tea , Coffee & Mints
Odisseia Ruby Port

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Welcome to all the new freshers! Great to see loads of you signing up at the freshers’ fair.

We’ve got lots of exciting events for you coming up this term – watch this space for details, which are being finalised at the moment.

Our annual dinner will be held on Thursday 3rd November. Speaking at this year’s will be David Alton, Baron Alton of Liverpool. Lord Alton is a cross-bencher in the House of Lords, who also served in the House of Commons for nearly 20 years, first as a Liberal and later as a Liberal Democrat. He is well-known for his work campaigning for human rights and his pro-life stance.

In the meantime, if you’ve got any suggestions for speakers or any other enquiries, leave a comment here, or send me an email (ho253) and we’ll get back to you.

Hannah (webmaster)

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Up next – David Campbell Bannerman, MEP

Next up we have David Campbell-Bannerman, UKIP MEP for the East of England. His talk will be entitled, “Britain’s future in the EU – does it have one?” He will be examining the current challenges facing the EU, and arguing that the current Conservative policy on Europe is flawed.
Please join us for an insight into British Eurosceptism – all are welcome!

8.45pm, Friday 25th February
Lloyd Room, Christ’s College

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Julian Huppert, MP

Julian HuppertJulian Huppert, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge, visited the Christ’s Politics Society earlier this month to talk about his experience working in a coalition. Dr Huppert, newly elected at the recent general election, described his life as an MP and time in parliament so far, and put up a solid defence of the actions of his currently much-maligned and criticised party, before submitting to questions – including quite a heated exchange with a Labour supporter.

Dr Huppert had many interesting stories about his short time so far in parliament including an account of the coalition negotiations after the election. According to him, the parties displayed a worrying lack of knowledge about their opponents’ manifestos in the negotiations, asking for policies or concessions on issues that the party in question had already presented in their manifestos, while the party leaders used the negotiations as an excuse to eliminate certain unpalatable policies from their own manifestos. It was an engaging evening.

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