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Tortoise Thinkin – Is British democracy in danger? Tortoise Thinkin – Is British democracy in danger? – Tortoise

Tortoise Thinkin – Is British democracy in danger?

Tuesday 1 October 2019

Duration: 6:30PM – 7:30PM

16-19 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DY

Status: Completed

The Supreme Court ruling against the government is a huge blow for the prime minister. This is just the start of re-evaluating our political system. Is a written constitution now needed more than ever? If so, what shape should it take?




Our special guests include:


Vernon Bogdanor, professor of government at King’s College London; author, Beyond Brexit: Towards a British Constitution


Lord Robin ButlerPrivate Secretary to Prime Ministers Edward Heath (72-74), Harold Wilson (74-75) and Margaret Thatcher (82-85); Cabinet Secretary during the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair


Rob Murray, one of the two lead partners at Mishcon de Reya who represented Gina Miller in her successful challenge in relation to the Government’s power to serve the Article 50 Notice commencing the Brexit process


Meg Russell, Professor of British and Comparative Politics and Director of the Constitution Unit, University College London


Lara Spirit, Founder of Our Future Our Choice and currently at Vote For Your Future


Chair: James Harding, Editor and co-founder, Tortoise




What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?


A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. Modelled on what we call a ‘leader conference’ in the UK (or an editorial board in the US), it is a place where everyone has a seat at the table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It’s where, together, we sift through what we know to come to a clear, concise point of view. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.


Drinks from 6.00pm, starts promptly at 6.30pm. If you are late to a ThinkIn you can ‘SlinkIn’!


If you would like to contribute to this ThinkIn, let us know by emailing thinkin@tortoisemedia.com


We film our Thinkins so we can watch them back, edit the best bits and share them with members who weren’t there in person.


Members can find their ThinkIn booking code in My Tortoise, under My Membership.