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The 2019 Longford Lecture

Dame Cressida Dick had agreed to deliver our 2019 Longford Lecture until General Election ‘purdah’ rules for sernior public servants caused her to withdraw. At short notice, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian, Lord Blair of Boughton, stepped in to address a packed Church House on Thursday November 21 and to implore all political parties in the election campaign to back a “systematic, holistic review” of the criminal justice system, which he argued was “not yet actually broken but it is so neglected as to be a matter of serious national concern.” The electorate, he said, “need to be engaged in deciding how it should be repaired and improved”. Read his lecture here, or to listen to the podcast here, or to watch here

The broadcaster Jon Snow, one of our trustees, chaired the event. It also included the presentation of both the annual Longford Prize and the Pinter Poem Prize. The whole event was broadcast live on National Prison Radio.


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Ian Blair in 2019

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  • Ian Blair delivers 2019 Longford Lecture
  • Audience hears an appeal for a national debate on the criminal justice system
  • No charge for tickets but donations of £10 or more per ticket welcomed
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