Martin Bell, the ex-BBC foreign affairs correspondent and former independent MP for Tatton will be giving a keynote speech at Exeter University on Tuesday, May 18.
Issues ranging from the general election and clean politics, to life working as an international journalist and the extent to which the press crosses legal boundaries in its coverage of current affairs will form part of his speech. The event is at the Exeter University’s Streatham campus, is open to members of the public and is free of charge.
The keynote speech forms part of a two-day conference entitled Difference and Integration: Crossing Boundaries? Professor Tim Dunne, head of the university’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, told the Devon Week: “It is a pleasure to have Martin Bell attend and give the keynote lecture at the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference. From his well known career in the BBC to becoming an independent MP, his comments on UK politics and journalism will be of great interest coming so soon after the election.”
Robert Mason a PhD student and part of the organising committee said: “Martin Bell is someone who has stood out from other politicians as an independent and is someone who continues to hold strong views about the state of British politics today. Therefore, we are really looking forward to having him on campus.’
The keynote starts at 5.45pm in the Peter Chalk Centre at Exeter University’s Streatham campus and will finish at 7pm. The event will be followed by a dinner at which Martin Bell will also be in attendance. Although the speech is open for all to attend free of charge, registration is necessary and places are strictly limited for the paid dinner at Reed Hall on campus.