Heroes or Villains: The Blair Government Reconsidered

John Rentoul, Jon Davis

Chair: David Triesman

08/03/2020 5:00 pm
Kings Place, Hall 2

For 13 years Tony Blair was the political colossus in Britain, winning three elections in a row for New Labour. Today he is disowned by many in his own party. Drawing on contributions from the main players in the Blair government, including the former Prime Minister himself, the authors reconsider the history of New Labour.

In Memory of Robin Hyman

John Rentoul


John Rentoul is Chief Political Commentator for The Independent, Visiting Professor at King's College, London and the author of an acclaimed biography of Tony Blair. He has previously been a political reporter at the Independent, the BBC and the New Statesman. Together with his co-author Jon Davis, he ran the Blair Government course at Queen Mary, from 2008 to 2014.

Jon Davis


Dr Jon Davis is Director of The Strand Group at The Policy Institute, King's College London and author of Prime Ministers and Whitehall (2007). He is the lecturer and coordinator of several other teaching modules including The History of the Prime Minister since 1945 - in partnership with No. 10 Downing St., and The Treasury and an Introduction to Economic History - in partnership with HM Treasury. He worked as an investment banker before turning to an academic career, and also spent a year in the Cabinet Office's Modernising Government Secretariat.

David Triesman


David Triesman is a Labour peer and Group Director at the Merchant Bank, Salamanca Group. He sits as a non-executive director at Havin Bank, Funding Affordable Homes and is taking a leading role in the development of a new investment business in Cuba in partnership with Havin Bank. He was a Board Member of Wembley National Stadium and was Chairman of the Football Association. Politically, he served as Under-Secretary of State in the FCO and later in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and held ministerial roles in Energy, Business and Higher Education, and Europe. Lord Triesman was appointed as a Lord in Waiting to HMQ in 2004.

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In Memory of Robin Hyman