Academic Director, YouGov

Monday 13 May 2019, 7.30pm–9pm
Central London


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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will be in conversation with Paul Lewis, editor of the Guardian’s project on populism.

As part of The new populism series, the Guardian has partnered with the YouGov-Cambridge Centre to produce a new annual study, and the largest of its kind, on the public state of globalisation. In the fortnight that we publish the results, we will explore the issues it highlights and whether increasingly hard-line and polarised politics is addressing the population's true concerns.

Stephan Shakespeare, Chief Executive and Founder of YouGov, will introduce the evening offering a brief insight into the research findings. By digging into people’s sentiments on globalisation, which is so often cast as a cause of problems in the West by populists of the left and right, the discussion will cover issues and events considered to be crucial in the rise of populism. From the 2008 global financial crisis, the growth in immigration or the advent of technologies that have transformed our politics, it will also ask what lessons can be learned from seismic events like the elections of Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, and the Brexit vote.

Mr Blair is Labour’s longest-serving Prime Minister and was leader of the party from 1994-2007. In 2017 he established the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to develop policies and practical solutions to ensure that globalisation works for the many, not the few.

On the eve of the European parliamentary elections in which right-wing populist parties are expected to expand their influence, he will be joining us for a wide-ranging conversation about populism, globalisation and the future of our politics.


One ticket per person and tickets are strictly non-transferable. Government issued photographic proof of ID must be shown and must match the name on the ticket. If you cannot be provided this proof you will be refused entry.

By purchasing a ticket you acknowledge that there will be strict security arrangements and that we will be conducting security checks of clothing, bags and other items as determined by us. Large bags must be checked in the cloakroom.

Attendees will be given details of the location one week prior to the event.


Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

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YouGov-Cambridge Centre

The YouGov-Cambridge Centre for Public Opinion Research is a joint research centre run by YouGov and the Cambridge University POLIS Department, which promotes in-depth, academic collaboration between pollsters and subject-experts. Alongside research and events, the Centre contributes to teaching at the University and provides several postgraduate scholarships each year.
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