Arun Mehta

Since the financial crisis, Far-Right and populist political parties, such as Ukip, Front National and Golden Dawn have grown in support raising a number of pressing questions.

What explains their rise? 
Who supports them? 
Why do some succeed and others fail? 
Can they be stopped?

The Challenging Orthodoxies Society presents The Rise of the Far Right, a panel discussion with three expert speakers grappling with the recent rise in support for Far-Right and populist political parties.

Phillip Blond – Director of the ResPublica Thinktank and political theorist described as ‘the driving force behind David Cameron’s Big Society’

Dr Norma Rossi – Senior Lecturer in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Police forces across the UK have been the subject of a growing list of scandals over the past decades. Critics of the police point to events such as Hillsborough and the killing of Mark Duggan amongst others as an example of institutional racism and incompetence.

However, supporters of the force argue that the police is improving and state it and the officers who work hard for it to protect the citizens of the UK everyday. Some argue that the problems within the police simply reflect divisions and prejudices within society and are not particular to the force itself.

The Manchester Debating Union asks: should we have faith in the police?

•••••• PROPOSITION ••••••

Dr Michael M Shiner
Senior research fellow in the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at LSE
http://www.lse.ac.uk/socialPolicy/researchcentresandgroups/mannheim/staff/shiner.aspx

Suresh Grover 
Director of the independent police watchdog The Monitoring Group

•••••• OPPOSITION ••••••

Tony Lloyd 
Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester Police

Irene Curtis 
President of the Police Superintendents Association for England and Wales

What do you think about Britain’s role in the EU? Is it exploitative, anti-democratic and does it need reform? Or is the EU a safe haven for the economy and good for trade and business? Does it restrict autonomy or enhance international integration and cooperation?

The EU elections are on Thursday May 22nd, where you’ll have your say at the ballot box on who you think should represent the North West. Who do you want to be your MEPs (Members of the European Parliament)?

You’re invited to a panel discussion by Manchester Students’ Union, Manchester Debating Union, and Challenging Orthodoxies Society.

On the panel we have:
Chris Davies MEP for the Liberal Democrats
Angeliki Stoigia, MEP candidate for the Labour Party 
Jacqueline Foster MEP for the Conservatives
Laura Bannister, MEP candidate for the Green Party
Lee Slaughter, MEP candidate for UKIP