The Guardian article mentioning my chapter on the ‘Politics of Coalition’ appeared on Friday morning. The same day we held a Politics Department sixth-form conference for schools from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It is an annual event – this is the ninth we have organised – and the theme of the day was coalition politics. There was a packed hall. I spoke on the subject of my chapter. Mark Stuart, from the University of Nottingham, spoke on Parliament and the coalition, and MEP Diana Wallis spoke on the coalition and Europe. We concluded with a question and answer session with Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson MP, Education Select Committee Chair Graham Stuart MP, Hull City Council leader Carl Minns, and Dr Ian Kelly, the chief executive of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.
The picture shows participants in the University’s Middleton Hall. From left to right: Graham Stuart MP, Carl Minns, Dr Ian Kelly, Diana Wallis MEP, Alan Johnson MP and me.