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Roscoe Lecture: Sir Malcolm Thornton FRSA

For 20 years, LJMU has invited some of the country’s leading commentators to join staff, students and the people of Liverpool in discussing issues that matter to them.

The Roscoe Lectures use research, humour and political insight to explore current, engaging topics.

Sir Malcolm Thornton, LJMU Ambassador Fellow and former Pro Chancellor & Chairman of the Board of LJMU, will present a Roscoe Lecture entitled Re-connecting with people.

Lecture Synopsis
"Whatever elected politicians - and other public office holders - may think, a huge gap has grown between them and the public they are there to serve.  Over 50 years in public life have convinced me that this disconnect cannot, must not, be allowed to continue and that there are ways to address it."

Image of Sir Malcolm ThorntonAbout Sir Malcolm Thornton FRSA
Sir Malcolm started his career as a River Mersey Pilot, combining this with a 14 year period in local government, before entering Parliament in 1979 where he served for 18 years. He was Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee for Education from 1988-97. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Education at De Montfort University in October 1994.

In a voluntary capacity, Sir Malcolm was Chairman of Wednesbury Education Action Zone (1999-2004), Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Mersey Mission to Seafarers (2003-2010) and Chairman of Governors of a very large primary school from (1974-2011).  He was a Board member of Liverpool John Moores University from 2001-2013 and was Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board from 2007-2013.  He was made an Ambassador Fellow of the University in July 2013. He is a former Honorary Colonel of 156(NW) Transport Regiment RLC(V).

Sir Malcolm was knighted in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1992.

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Please note: seats are limited for this event