Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Demo re: the coalition government's response to the riots - Thursday 27th October

Please come along to support this demonstration at the Smith Square Debate. I intend to ensure that they are left in no doubt about the anger felt in our communities.
Lee Jasper

Venue: Local Government Association, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ

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Smith Square Debate: Moving on from the riots – a leadership challenge

London - 27 October 2011

The riots in London and parts of England in the summer showed the best and worst of society – violence, looting and damage to people and property but also a huge spontaneous clean-up operation by residents who were determined to take their streets back.

As we have time to reflect on what happened, we ask what's the role for local government leaders in these events?  How can councillors have a tangible impact on helping their communities recover from these serious instances of civil disturbance?  How can they assist with ensuring that they do not happen again?  And what needs to change about the way government seeks to solve some of the underlying social problems that blight communities?  These are just some of the questions due to be considered at this Smith Square Debate, where attendees will hear in an informal setting from a range of political speakers, before being invited to share their thoughts and question those positions being voiced.
Each panel guest will be invited to make a contribution for 5 – 7 minutes before opening up the debate to the audience.

Who should attend

  • council leaders
  • chief executives and officers
  • councillors
  • journalists
  • researchers
  • opinion-formers
  • civil Servants and voluntary and private sector representatives.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP (Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, Shadow Minister for London and the Olympics) 
  • Brian Paddick, former Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service, and Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor 
  • Cllr Alan Rudge, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Human Resources, Birmingham City Council
  • Lord Adebowale, Cross Bench Peer, LGA Vice President, Chief Executive, Turning Point
Chair:  Chris Eakin, BBC 
Registration and refreshments will take place from 5.30pm, the debate will start at 6.00pm and will be followed by an informal drinks reception where attendees can network and continue their discussions in an informal setting.

How to book

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Please complete the online booking form on this page or complete the downloadable booking form.
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Further information
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telephone: 020 7664 3157

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