Public talk at the University – the creation of a new working class

The executive director of The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) will give a free talk at the University’s Canterbury campus on Thursday 6 December.

Claire Ainsley will discuss whether there is a new working class in Britain today and whether political parties can win their support as part of the POLIR (Politics and International Relations) Public Speaker Programme.

The event will take place in the Grimond Lecture Theatre 3 at 18.00. There is free parking on campus from 17.00 and the talk is followed by a drinks reception.

Her talk will draw from her new book, ‘The New Working Class: how to win hearts, minds and votes’, in which she argues that changes to Britain’s economy and society over the past forty years have created a new working class. She says that any political party that wants to win a parliamentary majority needs to understand and act on their concerns, and present a new public attitudes-led model for policy-making.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, aims to inspire action and change to solve UK poverty. JRF has worked with University of Kent’s Professor Matthew Goodwin on trends on low income voter behaviour in two reports: ‘Brexit Vote Explained’and ‘General Election 2017 Vote Examined’, co-authored with Professor Oliver Heath.