Hot Topic Lunch: Fighting Inequality and Transforming Manchester
In this one-off lunch time event Fran Eccles-Bech from the Manchester Law Society will be questioning Ivan Lewis on women in politics, diversity, devolution and Manchester.
Ivan was elected in 1997 alongside the intake of what became known as Blair’s Babes. In the last twenty years, both in Government and opposition, he has witnessed many changes in politics. Amongst other things, the 1997 election hit record books for the election of 120 women MPs, doubling the previous 60 elected in 1992. As we enter a new era with a female Prime Minister and the prospect of the first ever female President, Ivan will be sharing his perspectives on diversity and cultural change.
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Fran has been at Manchester Law Society for 28 years. Her responsibilities at Manchester Law Society include providing an extensive range of services for members and non members, management of the financial business, to investigate and create marketing opportunities, to support the Officers, Council and Committees, to act as a focal point for the Society and to manage and oversee staff, strategy and operations.
Ivan was elected to Parliament in 1997 at the age of 30 and represents the constituency where he has lived all his life. He was re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2010. Prior to becoming an MP he was Chief Executive of two voluntary organisations, Contact Community Care Group and the Manchester Jewish Federation, for a total of eleven years and served as a Bury Councillor for eight years.
In October 2010 Ivan was elected to Labour’s Shadow Cabinet and served as Shadow Sec
retary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. In October 2011 Ed Miliband appointed him Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, and in October 2013 Ed Miliband appointed him Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
During Labour’s period in Government Ivan served as a Minister in five Government Departments between 2001 and 2010: 2001- 2005 Minister for Skills, 2005 - 2006 Economic Secretary to the Treasury, 2006 – 2008 Minister for Care Services, 2008 – 2009 Minister for Africa (DfID), 2009 – 2010 Minister for Middle East (FCO).
Friday, 4 November, 2016 12:00 - 13:30GMT Time
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