Who gets to win power and how do they keep it – and lose it? Who is excluded from power? Does power always corrupt or are there examples of leaders who have maintained their integrity while in authority?
Join co-presenter of the hit podcast The Rest is Politics, Rory Stewart - diplomat, explorer, cabinet minister and writer - for an evening of no-holds barred discussion on crisis, politics and the world order.
Following a number of sold-out 2023 events, Rory will be taking to the stage once more. Rory will reflect on how, over the course of a decade, he went from being a political outsider to standing in for the prime minister - before being sacked from a Conservative Party that he had come to barely recognise.
Tackling ministerial briefs on flood response and prison violence, engaging with conflict and poverty abroad as a foreign minister, and Brexit as a Cabinet minister, Stewart learned first-hand how profoundly hollow and inadequate our democracy and government had become.
On stage Rory will engage with populism, Brexit, global conflict and delve even deeper into the instant number 1 Sunday Times bestseller, Politics On The Edge.
With a chance to ask your own questions to the man himself, don’t miss the opportunity to hear Rory’s account of the challenges, absurdities and realities of political life.
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