Centre Announces Public Webinar: ‘Civic Virtue, Community and The Common Good’

13th August 2021Events Civic Virtues


The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is pleased to announce this public webinar, Civic Virtue, Community and The Common Good, to be chaired by Senior Centre Research Fellow, Lord James O’Shaughnessy, at 17:00 on Monday 20 September 2021

Evaluating the status of common good politics in Britain today, this session will welcome Miriam Cates, Conservative MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, John Cruddas Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham and Author of 'The Dignity of Labour' as well as Jason Cowley, Editor of the New Statesman, to consider the barriers posed by an increasingly polarised and intolerant political debate, as well as the signs of hope of communities coming together witnessed over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Together with Lord O’Shaughnessy, and through questions from attendees, the panel will consider how the common good can be promoted in British politics through an emphasis on civic virtues, mutual aid and a positive vision of social justice which places the good of communities and human flourishing at its core.

For further details and to register for this engaging and thoughtful discussion, visit the Jubilee Centre’s Eventbrite page.


Lord James O’Shaughnessy (Chair)

Lord James O’Shaughnessy joined the Jubilee Centre in April 2021 as Senior Research Fellow. Prior to joining the Centre, Lord O’Shaughnessy was Director of Policy to the Prime Minister between 2010 and 2011, a Government Whip (Lord in Waiting) between 2016 and 2017, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health between 2016 and 2018. Lord O’Shaughnessy also founded Floreat Education a multi-academy trust focussed upon character. He was made a life peer in 2015.

Jon Cruddas MP

Jon Cruddas is a British Labour Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham, formerly for Dagenham, since 2001.

Cruddas holds a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick and since 2016 has been a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and Visiting Professor at the University of Leicester within the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures.

His latest work, The Dignity of Labour , was published by Polity in April 2021.

Miriam Cates MP

Miriam Cates is British Conservative Party politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Penistone and Stocksbridge in South Yorkshire, UK.

Previously a science teacher and co-owner and finance director of a technology consultancy firm, Ms Cates was first elected to Parliament in the 2019 general election.

Jason Cowley

An Award winning journalist and author Jason Cowley has served as editor of the British political and cultural magazine the New Statesman since 2008. Prior to this he had been the editor of literary magazine Granta, a senior editor at the Observer and a staff writer at The Times.

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