New Labour, New Britain?

The 1997 Election, 25 Years on: Legacy and Lessons

Mile End Institute Conference - 6 May 2022

Friday 6th May | 12:30 – 18:00 | Attend in person or online

Join us at this Mile End Institute Conference the day after the local elections as results tell us what Britain thinks and to review all of your assumptions.


Rt Hon David Miliband, former Foreign Secretary and President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

This major public policy and academic conference will discuss the lessons and legacy of the Labour Party’s election victory in 1997 and its long-term impact on campaigning methods, the machinery of government and Britain’s social values.

> Register your delegate place here (£20)

What are the legacy and lessons of the Labour Party’s election victory in 1997?

• What has been its long-term impact?
• What was the effect on election campaigning methods?
• How has it shaped subsequent governments?
• What has been the impact on social values?

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• Chair: Professor Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History, University of Nottingham
• Dame Margaret Hodge MP
• Rt Hon Caroline Flint
• Professor Sarah Childs, Royal Holloway University of London
• John McTernan, Journalist, Former Political Secretary to Tony Blair
• Lord Peter Mandelson, former First Secretary of State
• Peter Mandelson, Former Cabinet Minister, European Commissioner
• Dr Robert Saunders, Reader in History, Queen Mary, University of London
• Will Hutton, Columnist & President-designate of the Academy of Social Sciences
• Polly Toynbee, Guardian Columnist
• Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future
• Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Former Labour Home Secretary
• Rushanara Ali MP
• Professor Tim Bale, Queen Mary, University of London
• Dr Lyndsey Jenkins, Deputy Director of Mile End Institute & Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
• Stella Creasy MP
• Rupa Huq MP
• Dr Lise Butler, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, City University, London
• Harry Quilter-Pinner, Director of Research and Engagement, IPPR
• Ailbhe Rea, Political Correspondent, New Statesman

> View the full programme here


Delegate fees include in person attendance to the conference and evening drinks reception. The whole conference is also availble to view online live and on demand for those who can’t attend in person.

• General admission: £20
• Discount Student admission: £15

> Register your delegate place here

Want to host a viewing party in your university lecture theatre, seminar or committee rooms? Contact – simple group viewing, find a room, all registrations and organisation handled by us on your behalf.

This conference will be an important opportunity to reflect on what Labour’s 1997 election triumph meant for the UK’s institutions and economy, the Labour Party itself, and the long-term future of British politics. We hope you can join us.