Ken Livingstone with Matthew Parris

7:30pm - 8:30pm - Monday 6 June


Two leading ex-politicians and commentators of the last thirty years, Ken Livingstone and Matthew Parris, come together for what promises to be a fascinating insight into the world of politics.

How should the Left govern? Ken Livingstone serves up an insider’s account of the Labour Party and its future at a pivotal moment in its history. Having spent years at the head of the Greater London Council, he then served two terms as London Mayor where he battled against privatisation and pollution and went head to head with Boris Johnson. His latest book, Being Red, offers a clear-sighted study of the Left’s possibilities and limitations, with reflections on the Labour Party and its future.

Matthew Parris worked for the Foreign Office and the Conservative Research Department before serving as MP for West Derbyshire. He was The Times’ parliamentary sketchwriter for 13 years and is now a Times columnist and won the Press Awards Political Journalist of the Year 2014. He broadcasts for radio and television and presents BBC Radio 4’s Great Lives. He is also a regular columnist for The Spectator and won the Orwell Prize for his acclaimed autobiography, Chance Witness, published in 2002.

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Derby Book Festival

31 May – 8 June 2019

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