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Do we get the politicians we deserve?




Location: Room A130, College Building

Do we get the politicians we deserve? That’s the question we'll be asking at this City University London/ London Press Club event in the lead-up to the General Election.

Are politicians or the system to blame for rising levels of public disenchantment? How much fault lies with the public itself for not getting more involved, whether by attending council meetings, backing investigative journalism or just making the effort to vote? We also look at apathy, asking whether it’s a lack of knowledge about civic institutions, frustrations based on past experience, or just plain laziness.

The debate will be chaired by City professor of journalism and Guardian columnist Roy Greenslade. The panel will include, subject to work commitments: Heather Brooke, City journalism professor and award-winning journalist behind the MPs’ expenses scandal; Michael Crick, Channel 4 News political correspondent and PSA journalist of the year; Anne McElvoy, public policy editor for The Economist and Evening Standard columnist; and Steve Richards, broadcaster and chief political columnist for The Independent

The event is the latest in a series of London Press Club debates at venues including the Telegraph, the News Building and the British Library covering investigative journalism, women in media and campaigning journalism.

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6.30pm - 8.00pmTuesday 31st March 2015

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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