Rosie Duffield MP to debate why Labour won Canterbury

2 October 2017

Rosie Duffield, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, will be taking part in a special Making Politics Matter event this week.

The round table debate, titled ‘Canterbury 2017 Why Labour Won’, will take place on Thursday 5 October. It will reflect on June’s election result, where Rosie made history by becoming the first Labour MP to win the seat, defeating the sitting Conservative MP, Julian Brazier, by 187 votes.

Dr Mark Bennister, Reader in Politics and Parliamentary Academic Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rosie back to Canterbury Christ Church University as MP for the constituency.

“Her election in June was one of the shock results of the night and generated a lot of media attention, but now that the dust has settled we want to look beyond the rhetoric of the campaign and see what grassroots campaigners, local residents and students thought were the key factors in this remarkable election. We’ll be looking at how social media might have made an impact on the campaign compared to traditional grass roots support, as well as the traditional voter influencers around local issues, national issues and of course student mobilisation and demographic change in the constituency.”

Joining Rosie in the round table debate will be political editor for the Kent Messenger Group, Paul Francis, Momentum activist Ben Hickman and Clare Connerton who organised the social media campaign CanterburyNotConservative. The debate will be chaired by Canterbury resident and Birkbeck, University of London lecturer Dr Ben Worthy.

Making Politics Matter is a staff-student led initiative by Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University. It aims to engage local communities in current political debate and issues.

Canterbury 2017 Why Labour won, is free and open to all. It takes place on Thursday 5 October, 5 - 7pm, Michael Berry Lecture Theatre, Old Sessions House, Canterbury Campus, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU.

Seats will be allocated on first come basis. 

Notes to editors

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • Over 94% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2015/16 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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