Press Release

20 September 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University's Making Politics Matter campaign kicks off with a new series of public debates next month, starting with local MP Damian Green.

Mr Green, MP for Ashford and Minister for Immigration, will speak on the challenges to the current immigration policy, followed by an open question and answer session.

Dr David Bates, the University’s Director of Politics and International Relations, said: “We are delighted that Mr Green has agreed to talk on this hotly contested topic.

“As the General Election demonstrated, immigration is an issue which ranks highly in the electorate’s priorities, but it is rarely the case that this topic is debated in an informed fashion. Making Politics Matter will seek to redress this, through a free and open discussion.” 

The Making Politics Matter campaign was launched in 2006. It seeks to engage the general public with political debate on a range of key topics, and help to tackle the apparent low level of trust which people feel towards their political representatives.

‘Have your say – Immigration’ takes places on Thursday, 6 October, 2011, 6.30pm, at The Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, CT1 1QU.  

The event is free to attend and open to all. 

For more information on this event, or future Making Politics Matter events please email: 


Notes to Editor


Damien Green MP

  • Damian Green was appointed Minister for Immigration in May 2010.
  • In May 1997, he was elected Member of Parliament for Ashford and he was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2010.
  • He was a Conservative Spokesman on Education and Employment from 1998-99, Conservative Environment Spokesman from 1999-2001, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills from 2001-2003, and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport from 2003-2004. From July 2004-2005 he was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee; from July to December 2005 he was a member of the Treasury Select Committee. In December 2005, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Immigration.


Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college



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