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Delivering on Social Mobility: Rt Hon. Alan Milburn & James Kirkup

Delivering on Social Mobility: Rt Hon. Alan Milburn & James Kirkup

19th December 2017

The Rt. Hon Alan Milburn in conversation with James Kirkup

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Policy Connect invites you to join us in the run up to Christmas to hear from Britain’s foremost expert on social mobility on what more can be done to deliver on this crucially important agenda.

The event will bring together our Parliamentary and sector members to scrutinise how far we have come in creating a UK economy which offers real social mobility, and what more needs to be done to guarantee this agenda into the future. We hope you will join us then.


  • The challenges of upskilling those coming into and those that are currently in workforce;
  • Employer responsibility;
  • Technology and training;
  • Access to work and learning for those who find it difficult (disabled, low mobility, low income households)

The Rt. Hon Alan Milburn is Chair of the Social Mobility Commission. He was a Member of Parliament for the Labour Party from 1992 to 2010. He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1998 to 1999, Secretary of State for Health from 1999 to 2003 and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 2004 to 2005.

He chaired the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions from 2008 to 2009 and has been the Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty under the current government. He was interim Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission until his formal appointment to the post on 13 July 2012.

In conversation with him is James Kirkup. James is is the Director of the Social Market Foundation and the former Executive Editor - Politics for The Telegraph. He was a lobby journalist for 16 years and before joining the Telegraph he was Political Editor of the Scotsman, covered European politics and economics for Bloomberg, and reported from countries including Iran, Zimbabwe and the USA.

Committee Room G, Houses of Parliament
United Kingdom