Please note: 2019 Longford Lecture will now be delivered by ex-Met Police Commissioner, Ian Blair. All tickets are allocated. Go on waiting list

The 2019 Longford Lecture

The speaker for our annual Longford Lecture has changed. Due to election purdah rules Dame Cressida Dick is now unable to deliver the speech. However, we are delighted to announce that former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian, Lord Blair of Boughton, will take her place on Thursday November 21, 2019, at Church House, Westminster, SW1P 3NZ. He will ask, “Where next for policing and criminal justice?” As Sir Ian Blair he led the service from 2005 to 2008, including during the London bombings of 2005.

The broadcaster Jon Snow, one of our trustees, will chair the event, which includes the presentation of both the annual Longford Prize and the Pinter Poem Prize, as well as a session when our current Longford Scholars, and their mentors, talk about their experience of education, rehabilitation and second chances. The whole event will broadcast live on National Prison Radio.

Demand for tickets has been huge and all tickets have now gone. If you would like be placed on a waiting list for any returns, please fill in the form below. Or, if your plans have changed and you no longer need a ticket/s please let us know for reallocation:


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Ex-Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair- 2019 Lecturer

There is no charge for tickets. It has remained a core principle of the annual Longford Lecture since 2003 that the event is open to all regardless of means. If, however, you are able to make a donation of £10 or more per ticket when applying, the trustees would be extremely grateful for your support in covering the costs of the event. With demand so high for the 2019 lecture, we cannot guarantee being able to meet your ticket request. So you may wish to delay until you hear you have got tickets before making a donation.

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