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In Conversation with Dan Hodges

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Wednesday 15 November 2023





Lecture Theatre, Tech Hub

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As part of our 90 years anniversary, we are delighted to welcome back alumnus Dan Hodges.

As the General Election comes ever closer, political comment in the media is already close to fever pitch. The so-called air-war, and the 24-hour news cycle, means that media plays a crucial role in shaping our politics and influencing the decisions we make.

But how do the people writing the comments and framing the news operate? In this In Conversation event, we will be hearing from leading political journalist and commentator Dan Hodges.

Dan Hodges is a columnist for the Mail on Sunday. Previously working for the Telegraph, he has also written for the New Statesman and appeared on numerous TV and radio discussions. A prolific blogger and regular commenter on X (formerly Twitter), he shares views on topics such as the Prime Minister’s Questions, trends in party politics, and the performance of the government. He was named Political Commentator of the Year in 2017.

Dan’s focus on politics has included the knowledge that comes from close, personal involvement. The son of the late Glenda Jackson, whose career included more than twenty years as a Labour MP, he has worked as a parliamentary assistant, as a lobbyist and as a campaign organiser. Dan has a love/hate relationship with the Labour Party, having left, rejoined and left again. He announced his 2015 departure in the pages of the Daily Telegraph.

Dan is an alumnus of Edge Hill and will be sharing his thoughts on political journalism to date, memorable incidents from his career and thoughts about the direction of media coverage as we head towards the next contest.

Please arrive from 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

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