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Harold Wilson Lecture: Revisiting White Heat in an Age of Insecurity

Date and time
Thursday 11 March 2021, 18:00 GMT to 19:15 GMT
Attendance and participation
This is an online only event.
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About this webinar


In 1963, at a time of accelerating social, cultural and technological change, Harold Wilson promised to harness the 'white heat of the technological revolution' to build a more prosperous, fairer Britain. Since Wilson's time, society has changed dramatically: we are a more unequal, less secure society, but we also enjoy many new freedoms and opportunities.

In a time of growing insecurity and turbulent change - and in response to economic malaise, a climate emergency and a global pandemic - Rachel Reeves will reflect on how we can provide greater security for our families and communities, while building more responsive and resilient public services.

About the Speaker:

Rachel Reeves is Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office. She has served as Member of Parliament for Leeds West since 2010, and has previously served as Shadow Secretary of State for Work Pensions and Chair of the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee.

Before entering politics, Rachel worked as an economist for the Bank of England and for HBOS. She is the author of two books, Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon, and most recently Women of Westminster: The MPs Who Changed Politics, as well as a number of pamphlets including The Everyday Economy (2018).