'WHY PEOPLE STOP DOING CRIME' OUR 2018 LONGFORD LECTURE -TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE Apply Now

A National Debate on Prison Reform

The Longford Lectures have been running since 2002 and are held each November at Church House, Westminster.  Well-known names (including 2017 lecturer, film-maker Ken Loach) share their expertise on aspects of prison policy and the need for broader social reform. The lectures aim: to provide a platform for national discussion; to make significant recommendations to policy makers; and encourage well-informed debate about prison reform.  From 2016 to 2018, they are sponsored by Unilink Technology Services.


The Assembly Hall hosts the 2017 Lecture

Challenging speakers

Past lecturers have included Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu , President Mary McAleese of Ireland, Michael Gove, Cherie Blair, Will Self, Martha Lane Fox, Bianca Jagger and Clive Stafford Smith.  All are welcome to attend and no charge is made for tickets.


Watch Michael Palin’s Frank Talk

Join in with The Frank Talks

If you can’t be there on the night, join in the debate via our Frank Talks, short edited films of recent Longford Lectures, 20 minutes long and available free to view on this website. Why not share them with others and then sit down to discuss what is being said? To watch, read or listen to Ken Loach’s 2017 Longford Lecture, click here.


  • An annual opportunity to debate prison reform
  • Open to all and shared freely on this website
  • Distinguished speakers with something to say
  • Listen back to our Frank Talks

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