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Peter Tatchell video now online

14 May 2015

The human rights campaigner spoke at University Place to talk all things democracy last month, offering an alternative take to the General Election campaign.

Anyone who missed Peter Tatchell: what next for democracy at The University of Manchester can now catch up with the event on YouTube

The activist, campaigning for almost 50 years in support of social justice issues including LGBT rights, sparked a passionate debate with students and staff on austerity, coalition government and other topics.

Quizzed by Professor Tarani Chandola, Director of the Cathie Marsh Institute for  Social Research, he told the packed audience why he believed in stronger representation for employees and consumers on top teams in the public and private sector.

He backed Russell Brand’s critique on political  representation, but urged citizens to vote, whatever their political allegiances, as the only viable mechanism to effect change.

Tatchell famously attempted a citizen's arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 1999 and 2001 and in 2006, New Statesman readers voted him sixth on their list of "Heroes of our time”.

The event was organised by Democracy and Elections, the University’s hub of elections research and expertise and was sponsored by Politics, the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research and Chevening- the UK government’s global scholarship programme.

 

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