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Tom Olsen Lecture 2017: Nick Clegg - "Brexit, Trump and the politics of fear: is populism here to stay?"


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St Bride's is delighted to welcome NICK CLEGG MP for the Annual Tom Olsen Lecture on Wednesday 29th March at 7pm.

With the backdrop of Brexit, increasing attention is being drawn to the politics of identity, populism and nationalism in the UK, Europe and around the world. Drawing on his personal experiences in politics and government, and unique insights on the European debate, Nick will explore how liberals and those who believe in the politics of reason and moderation can rise to the new economic and social challenges of the 21st century.

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In Advance: £10 (students £5)
On the Door: £15 (students £10)

Doors open at 6:30pm, guests can join us for a drink after the lecture, courtesy of Kaizo - an independent PR and digital agency that helps business and consumer brands thrive in today's economy.


Tom Olsen had a long career in journalism both in London and the provinces. He worked as reporter, leader-writer, editor and author. He had a great love of writing whether under his own name or the nom de plume John Morrell. He loved wine too and spent the last fifteen years of his life as the wine correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph.

Tom was an enthusiast for the Church of St Bride which during his time shared Fleet Street with the nation's press. When Tom died in 1987 it was felt that his memory should be perpetuated through a trust that bears his name. The aim of the Trust is to further the work of St Bride's.

At their first meeting the Trustees decided upon an important step forward. This was to establish an annual lecture for those in the law, in journalism and in the immediate Fleet Street community. At the time St Bride's was strongly supporting the campaign for the release of John McCarthy and the other hostages. Indeed the church has in various ways given its support to organizations like PEN and encouraged the media to use its powers with honesty, courage and respect. It therefore seemed entirely appropriate that the general theme of the lectures should be freedom, both spiritual and physical, and the responsibilities that go with it.

The Trustees therefore invited Lord McGregor of Durris, Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, to deliver the inaugural lecture. Lord McGregor chose as his subject "A Free Press-in a Free Society?" and delivered the lecture to a large and distinguished audience on 16th October 1991, in St Bride's Church.

Over the years, lawyers, writers, politicians and others have given the address. Speakers ranging from David Attenborough to PD James, Peter Hitchens, The Archbishop of Canterbury and John Simpson have entertained and enthralled audiences drawn from Fleet Street, the City and beyond. Recent speakers have included Margaret Hodge, Nigel Farage and Rick Wakeman.


President Trump By Michael Vadon - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Nick Clegg By Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Flickr, OGL,

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