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Gavin Esler joins us to chair an unmissable debate about global affairs – with apologies from Douglas Alexander

Monday 3 March, 6.15pm, Guildhall

We are sorry to have to announce that Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has had to pull out of this event on foreign policy. We are thrilled, though, that BBC news presenter Gavin Esler will be joining us instead to chair this exciting debate about Britain’s global role and the challenges that British foreign policy faces.

Being grilled by Gavin are:

Stefan Stern, political columnist (Financial Times, The Guardian) and Visiting Professor at Cass Business School.

Douglas Alexander’s co-author Dr Ian Kearns, Chief Executive of the European Leadership Network and former Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, to talk about Influencing Tomorrow: Future Challenges for British Foreign Policy (Guardian Books). ‘This title re-thinks the nature of 21st century diplomacy.’ – Daily Telegraph.


Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster. He is the author of five novels and a non-fiction book about leadership, Lessons from the Top: How Successful Leaders Tell Stories to Get Ahead and Stay There. Born in Glasgow, he was educated at Edinburgh University. After a stint as BBC’s Chief North America Correspondent, based in Washington and largely mis-spending his time at the Clinton White House, he went on to report from countries as diverse as China, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Russia, Jordan, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Over the past two decades Gavin Esler has interviewed world leaders ranging from Mrs Thatcher, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, John Major, King Abdullah of Jordan and President Chirac to President Clinton, President Carter, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, Ed Milliband and Israel’s Shimon Peres.

Tickets for this event are still available here.

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