Hackminster Conference – Access to the A-Z of Everyday Politics

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An open source conference, with workshops, panel discussions and film screenings.

Date: Saturday 4 June
10:30am – 5:30pm
Arts 2 Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
Closest Tube:
Mile End (Central Line)

Full Programme: Click here to download

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives”
James Madison, Founding Father of America

Ever had a question about the current political environment but were too afraid to ask? Then join us at Hackminster, the open-source conference, put together by the people, for the people.

From Westminster to the East End, each of our panels are designed to educate, empower, and equip the everyday person to make effective political change.

Our incredible mix of seminars, panel events and training workshops are designed to give everyone access to the A-Z of Politics.

Highlights include:

  • Peter Oborne (Politics Editor, Daily Mail) will be launching his new book, Not the Chilcot Report, outlining how we illegally entered into the 2003 war in Iraq.
  • Will Hutton (Former advisor to Tony Blair and Editor in-chief of The Observer) will discuss our current Economic situation and possible ways forward.
  • Rushanara Ali MP joining a panel discussing effecitve political change.
  • Writing and Filmmaking Workshops led by journalists and film-makers
  • 101 introductions into current politics, including primer sessions on major political parties, foreign policy, the EU Referendum and more.
  • Local panels, mixing academics and locals discussing local history, gentrification and migrant communities

And much much more as part of the Queen Mary University of London Campus Fun Day!

Click below for timetable and programme:










Queen Mary Festival of Communities

The Hackminster conference is brought to you in partnership with of the Queen Mary University of London Festival of Communities, where the University has partnered with local organisation to host events, seminars and fun taster sessions for the local community.

Excitingly, the Hackminster conference forms part of the Campus Fun Day on Saturday 4th June, where there will be talks, seminars and hands-on activities for all of the family throughout the University campus. More details about the Campus Fun Day can be found here.

Our Venue: Arts 2 Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.


Hackminster Conference – Access to the A-Z of Everyday Politics

Uncommon Soliders: Event in Parliament

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Uncommon Soldiers: War, Peace and a Just Society
Clive Lewis MP, Harry Leslie Smith, Asim Hafiz

Date: Tuesday 7th July
Venue: Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 10.
Access via the Cromwell Gate Entrance
Time: Doors open 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
Tickets: Book here

Serving in the British Army carries with it images of the highest patriotism. A soldier is willing to fight for his country and, on the frontline, even pay the ultimate sacrifice.

Whilst the Armed Forces are most often associated with the ‘Establishment’, the right wing, the Conservative party and even colonialism and empire – there are soldiers who come from backgrounds which are utterly opposed to these connotations. Is there a contradiction with, say, a left-wing activist or a person of colour serving on the frontline?

This panel brings together a group of ‘Uncommon Soldiers’ – a Labour MP, an anti-war and austerity activist and a Muslim Imam – who have served on the front line for Britain. Each will share his reflections on his time on the frontline, and how it has informed his sense of a more just society.

Clive Lewis MP is the Member of Parliament for Norwich South. Before his parliamentary career, he worked as a BBC Journalist and served in army in Afghanistan.

Harry Leslie Smith is a British writer and political commentator. He is a survivor of the Great Depression, a second world war RAF veteran, and is an activist for the poor and for the preservation of social democracy.

Asim Hafiz is an Imam and religious advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff and service Chiefs. He has been awarded an OBE for his services to defence and support of operations in Afghanistan.

Tickets are very limited so please book early.

Our Venue

Committee Room 10 is accessed via the Cromwell Gate, which has step free access. Please contact us if you have any specific accessibility concerns.


Uncommon Soliders: Event in Parliament