Can Labour win again? And what would it take to turn the party’s fortunes around? After the catastrophic Corbyn defeat of 2019, polling of the public has consistently put the Conservative government significantly ahead of Keir Starmer’s Labour opposition. It’s tough opposing a government battling a pandemic but are the problems Labour face much more deep-seated than that? We join Sebastian Payne, Whitehall Editor for the FT (Broken Heartlands) the Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London Tim Bale (The British General Election of 2019) and the broadcaster, journalist and former Labour adviser Ayesha Hazarika to debate the route back to power.

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Broken Heart Lands The British General Election of 2019


Cheltenham Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

There is no tiered seating at this venue for any of our Festivals.

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