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Rishi Sunak has until December 2024 to call an election. While the formal starting pistol has yet to be fired, and may not be for at least a year, the long campaign has already begun. Both Sunak and Starmer are presenting themselves as the change candidate and the person to fix a country that – they both argue – is struggling to find its way.
Kicking off the Institute's General Election programme, this event reflected on the opening pitches of the two main parties at their recent conferences. It will ask what change the country, government and political system needs, what change the voters want, and whether either party has a plan to deliver it.
Joining us were:
- Kelly Beaver, Chief Executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland
- Lord Mandelson, Chairman of Global Counsel and former minister in the Blair and Brown governments
- Kate McCann, Political Editor at Times Radio
- Lord Willetts, President of the Resolution Foundation and former minister in the Major and Cameron governments
The event was chaired by Emma Norris, Deputy Director at the Institute for Government.