Our annual lunch for PARC members – in which we provide a mid-year review of political and economic events – has been planned for the House of Lords. The early 2020s are already shaping up to be even more tumultuous than the late 2010s. The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is unpredictable. The only thing we can be sure of is that it will be severe. Global politics and trading conditions were already becoming more volatile. The aftermath of the pandemic is unlikely to make it any less so.
The RT Hon Lord Peter Lilley will offer us some insights into world politics in a session that promises to be both informative and insightful. MP from 1983 to 2017, in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, Lord Lilley served as Trade and Industry Secretary from 1990-92, and as Social Security Secretary from 1992-97.