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How to Win An Election: In-conversation with Claire Ainsley

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As the General Election approaches, Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life examines how elections are won and lost. This seminar series asks not just who will step into Downing Street but why and how will they make it there. What tactics and strategies drive the leaders and parties, amid more volatile electorates and different election battles, in different parts of the UK? And, after Brexit, covid and unending political turbulence, will 2024 be a ‘watershed year’ and a turning point in British politics?

Claire Ainsley is the Director of the Project on Center-Left Renewal at the Progressive Policy Institute. Prior to joining PPI, Claire was the Executive Director of Policy to Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition and U.K. Labour Party. Claire also served as the Executive Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, where she led JRF’s work on the social and political attitudes of people with low incomes. She is the author of "The New Working Class: How to Win Hearts, Minds and Votes," which was published in May 2018.

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