Former home secretary David Blunkett among speakers for new UEA lecture series

HFormer home secretary David Blunkett is to speak at the UEA in Norwich. PA Photo: Martin Rickett.

HFormer home secretary David Blunkett is to speak at the UEA in Norwich. PA Photo: Martin Rickett. - Credit: PA

Former government ministers David Blunkett and Margaret Hodge are the top names set to speak as part of a public lecture series at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The new series of Too Difficult Box lectures launch next Thursday and will see high profile politicians and policy-makers exploring the 'key issues facing society'.

Conservative MP and former minister for children and families, Tim Loughton, will speak about child protection in the first lecture on Thursday.

Former Labour MP Mr Blunkett will then speak at the UEA on Thursday, February 7, when the former home secretary will discuss welfare reform.

The lectures are organised by the UEA's school of political, social and international studies and former home secretary and Norwich South MP, Charles Clarke, who is a visiting professor.

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Mr Clarke said: 'The Too Difficult Box series aims to be an extremely rigorous and popular examination of the reasons why some of society's problems sometimes seem so hard to solve.

'In this next group of lectures high-profile speakers again address tough public policy problems in an interesting and accessible way.'

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Trevor Phillips, former chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, will speak on equality on Thursday, February 21.

While Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who was minister for children, then minister for culture and tourism, as well as chair of the Public Accounts Committee in the House of Commons, will focus on stopping waste in public spending when she speaks on Thursday, February 28.

All of the lectures are free to attend and take place at 6.30pm in the Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre, except for the Trevor Phillips talk, which will be held in the Elizabeth Fry lecture theatre.

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