Questioning the Prime Minister: How Effective is the Liaison Committee?

On 7 July, at the Institute for Government in London, Dr Alexandra Kelso (University of Southampton) and Dr Mark Bennister (Canterbury Christ Church University) will present the findings of their new research on the Liaison Committee and its role in guaranteeing prime ministerial accountability. While most public attention is focused on Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQ), Liaison Committee sessions with the PM have remained mostly under the radar. These sessions have operated since 2002, questioning three successive Prime Ministers. Kelso and Bennister’s research focuses on the process of significant institutional learning the Committee has undergone over the course of these sessions. The research is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and supported by Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Southampton.

The presentation of the research report will be followed by a panel discussion of the Liaison Committee evidence, and a Q&A session. The panel will include Natascha Engel (MP & Deputy Speaker), Hannah White (Institute for Government), and other distinguished guests.

TIME: 7th July 2016; from 12:30-15:30. The event includes lunch from 12:30.

VENUE: Institute for Government, 2 Carlton Gardens, London SW1Y 5AA

Places are limited, please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/questioning-the-prime-minister-how-effective-is-the-liaison-committee-tickets-25720669214

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