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The UK General Election of 2017: the campaigns, media and polls

This conference, sponsored by the Loughborough University Institute of Advanced Studies, provides a unique exploration of the momentous 2017 General Election from the perspectives of those most intimately involved as strategists, journalists and analysts.

Wed, July 19, 2017
9:30am – 6:00pm BST
Loughborough University London

There have been post-mortems on every UK General Election held since 1979 involving both practitioners as well as academics.  The first conference was organised and convened at the University of Newcastle by Bob Worcester and Martin Harrop.  They subsequently co-edited the first ever Political Communications book, an invaluable collection documenting what happened in that momentous campaign from the perspectives of those who contributed to the event.

Since then the conferences have been held at various venues, including the University of Essex where Ivor Crewe (as both organiser and co-editor of the follow-up volumes) was based.  The events led to the eventual establishing of the UK Political Studies Association’s Elections Parties and Public Opinion Group (EPOP) in the early 1990s.

Most recently Simon Atkinson (Ipsos MORI) and Dominic Wring (Loughborough University) have taken on responsibility for organising the election conference and (together with Roger Mortimore of King’s College London/Ipsos MORI) editing the book series.  See here for details of how to order the latest volume.

This year Loughborough University’s newly launched Institute of Advanced Studies is kindly sponsoring and making this event possible

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Welcome by David Deacon (Director, Institute of Advanced Studies)

9.30-10.15 Coverage (chair: David Deacon)

David Smith & James Stanyer (Loughborough University)
Emily Harmer (Univ. of Liverpool)

10.30-11.30 Broadcasting (chair: Paul Brand, ITV)

Ric Bailey (BBC)
Michael Jermey (ITV)
Jay Blumler (University of Leeds)

11.45-12.45 Newspapers (chair: Ivor Gaber, University of Sussex)

Gaby Hinsliff (The Guardian)
Angela Phillips (Goldsmiths, University of London)

12.45-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30 Parties (chair: Tony Mughan, Ohio State University)

Dennis Kavanagh (University of Liverpool)
Dominic Wring (Loughborough University)
Adam Langleben (Labour)

14.45-16.15 Pollsters (chair: Simon Atkinson, Ipsos MORI)

Paul Carroll & Gideon Skinner (Ipsos MORI)
Dan Holden (ComRes)
Damian Lyons Lowe (Survation)
Keiran Pedley (GfK)
Mike Smithson (Political Betting)

16.30-18.00 Social Media/Campaigns (chair: Emily Harmer, Univ. of Liverpool)

Andrew Chadwick, (Loughborough University) & Declan McDowell-Naylor (Royal Holloway, Univ. of London)
Abi Rhodes (University of Nottingham)
Kerry-Anne Mendoza (The Canary)
Michael Walker (Novara Media)

The hashtag for the event is #CMP2017.

Download agenda (PDF)


Have you got further details about the event?

Further information confirming the running order for the event will be available here as soon as we have it

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The location of the event is Loughborough University London.

Due to the World Para-Athletic Championships taking place the loop bus to our venue is presently only available (at still frequent intervals) from Stop E outside Stratford International (and not Stratford City).  For more details see here.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please e-mail Dominic Wring:


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