Press Release

27 February 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University's series of political debates continues with Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield, on Thursday, 1 March.

Barry Sheerman, MP
Barry Sheerman, MP

Mr Sheerman will be asking the question: The Houses of Parliament are falling down - Can they be rescued by true democrats?

Dr David Bates, Programme Director of Politics and International Relations at the University, said: “We are pleased to welcome Mr Sheerman to Canterbury Christ Church University. He has been a Labour MP since 1979 and so has considerable experience of how the Houses of Parliament have changed over 30 years: from Margaret Thatcher to New Labour and now the Coalition Government, as well as seeing the impact of the expenses crisis.”

The event is part of the Making Politics Matter initiative, in which well-known local and national politicians discuss key issues and encourage public debate.

‘The Houses of Parliament are falling down - Can they be rescued by true democrats?’ will take place on Thursday, 1 March 2012, 7pm at Canterbury Christ Church University, Old Sessions House, Longport, Canterbury. The event is free and open to the public, no booking required.


Notes to Editor

Barry Sheerman MP

  • Barry Sheerman MP is the Labour and Co-operative member of Parliament for Huddersfield.
  • He was formerly Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families from 2007 and the Education and Skills Committee from 2001-2007. He currently Chairs the Skills Commission, has extensive experience in educational issues and played a key role in education policy and debates.

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 and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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