In our first talk of 2016, The Undergraduate Live will be linking up with Politics Society to bring you former Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay Adrian Sanders, as he discusses ‘Parliament and the Formation of Government’. With 18 years of Parliamentary experience to draw on, including his involvement in
the first coalition government since the end of war, there are few more qualified than Adrian to discuss such a topic and we very much look forward to welcoming him to Exeter.
Born 20 miles down the road in Paignton and educated at Torquay Boys Grammar School, Adrian had some brief stints in timber production and insurance before finding work with the Liberal Democrats. In 1985, he was elected Vice President of the League of young Liberals, before later moving closer to Westminster to serve as leader Paddy Ashdown’s assistant in 1992. After unsuccessfully contesting the Torbay seat in 1992, he regrouped and took the seat by just 12 votes in 1997 and entered the Commons. Whilst there, Adrian used his position to campaign tirelessly on the issues close to his heart, a resolve which saw him awarded the ‘Diabetes UK 75th Anniversary Award’ in 2009 and the League Against Cruel Sports Parliamentarian of the Year Award in 2010. During his time in Parliament, Adrian held the posts of Deputy Chief Whip and Spokesman for Communities and Local Government, whilst also occupying chairs on the Transport, Modernisation of the House of Commons, and Culture, Media and Sport select committees, giving him a breadth of knowledge on Parliament which few can claim.
We will again be providing refreshments after the talk if you would like to stay and discuss the talk at greater length, which we encourage you to do.
As with all of our events, this talk is free of charge and open to all members of the public.
The Undergraduate and The Undergraduate Live are grateful for the financial support of the University of Exeter’s Annual Fund.