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Westminster from the outside looking in: Press access under Boris Johnson's government.




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    This event is postponed

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    The Groucho Club, 45 Dean Street,
    London W1D 4QB

IUPDATE: Westminster From the Outside Looking in - Press Access Under Boris Johnson's Government

Groucho Club, Provisional date only at this stage, Monday 7th September 2020, having been originally scheduled to take place on Monday, 6th April 2020.

In common with all events involving people meeting together, this event has been postponed from its originally scheduled date due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

We WILL be going ahead with it as soon as normal service is resumed - we hope at the end of the summer - possibly earlier.

The first Monday in September has been used as a provisional date so that the event remains live on this website with details of all ticket holders still retained from the original date. We shall keep ticket holders advised and update this site when we have more specific information.

 Event detail

The morning of 13th December ushered in a new political reality for the UK. The emphatic General Election result ensured Britain would leave the EU, while also making Boris Johnson the most powerful Conservative Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher's heyday.

But claims that the Prime Minister and his chief aide Dominic Cummings were using Trumpian tactics when dealing with the press soon surfaced. Briefings for parliament's press lobby were moved away from Westminster to Number 9 Downing Street, making it more difficult for some journalists to attend. Some briefings were given only to selected journalists. Neutral civil servants were allocated a back seat and more combative press spokesman with a background fronting the vote leave campaign were given key roles. So is independent reporting and press access under threat, or is it just fluff?

Chris Hope is The Telegraph's award winning Chief Political Correspondent and was chairman of The Parliamentary Lobby til a few days ago. Will Walden was Boris Johnson's Director of Communications when he was Mayor of London. Join them and other special guests to discuss the Prime Minister's controversial press operation: how it operates and the future of access to information and press freedom under this administration.

  • Christopher Hope - Chief Political Correspondent, Daily Telegraph
  • Will Walden  - Johnson's former chief adviser 


Location: The Groucho Club, 45 Dean Street, London W1D 4QB
Doors open at 6.30pm, conversation starts at 7.00pm


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