FULLY BOOKED – The Trumping of the Political Class

Our next event is now fully booked.

We are hoping to have a livestream from this event – please do check this website on Wednesday 23rd November for details and a link.

FULLY BOOKED – The Trumping of the Political Class

The Trumping of the Political Class

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The Trumping of the Political Class:
A New Age of Politics, Power and Media Influence?

Guests: Jon Snow, Rachel Shabi, Peter Oborne & guests
Date: Wednesday 23 November
Time: Doors open 7.30pm for a 8.00pm start
Location: Round Chapel, Lower Clapton Road, E5 0LY 
Book tickets: Click here

“His victory is an unmistakable rejection of a system that simply isn’t working for most people.”
Jeremy Corbyn, on Donald Trump

We live in an unprecedented political age. The very things that were deemed impossible by the political and media ‘establishment’ have taken place in front of our eyes: the rise of the SNP in Scotland; Brexit; Jeremy Corbyn twice taking the leadership of the Labour Party; and now Donald Trump winning the US elections.

In response to the US election result, People’s PPE has organised an emergency ‘Question Time’ style event to explore the causes and future implications of a Trump Presidency.

Our distinguished guest panel, chaired by Professor Natalie Fenton (Goldsmiths), will include:

  • Jon Snow (Channel 4 News)
  • Rachel Shabi (Columnist, Guardian)
  • John Redwood MP (Conservative, Wokingham)
  • Beth Foster Ogg (Officer, Momentum)
  • Peter Oborne (Politics Editor, Daily Mail)
  • Salman Farsi (Press Officer, East London Mosque)

We expect a wide ranging Q & A. Topics for discussion will include:

  • Trump, Clinton, Bernie Sanders and the US elections
  • ‘Establishment’ and ‘anti-establishment’ politics
  • The role of the media in democracy
  • Politicians, truth and media bias
  • Jeremy Corbyn and the future of the Labour party
  • Brexit
Tickets are FREE and open to all.


Our Venue

People’s PPE is a grassroots organisation that seeks to empower communities within their own local spaces and contexts. This seminar will be held in Hackney’s Round Chapel – once a church, it now serves as a community venue with a history of nonconformity. The event space is fully accessible, and is open to all – more details at: www.roundchapel.org



The Trumping of the Political Class

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

Ken Livingstone and Peter Hitchens: An Everyman’s Guide to Political Philosophy

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Citizen Ken: An Everyman’s Guide to Political Philosophy
Peter Hitchens 
in conversation with Ken Livingstone

Date: Wednesday 27 April
Doors Open:
Event Timings:
6.30 – 8.30pm
Waterlily Venue, 68-89 Mile End Road, London E1 4TT
Closest Tube: Stepney Green

“If voting changed anything, they’d abolish it!”
Ken Livingstone

Whatever one thinks of Ken Livingstone, it must be acknowledged that he has had the most extraordinary political life. From staging a coup of the GLC to winning the London Mayoral Elections as an independent candidate, Ken has forged his own inimitable path and political philosophy.

In this no-holds-barred conversation, Peter Hitchens will place Ken’s political philosophy on trial. Join us for what promises to be an electric exchange, followed by a panel QnA.

Ken Livingstone
Former Mayor of London

Peter Hitchens
Columnist, Mail on Sunday

Our chair for the evening will be Shahnaz Ahsan, a local writer and entrepeneur.

Tickets are FREE and open to all – click HERE

Our Venue

People’s PPE is a grassroots organisation that seeks to empower communities within their own local spaces and contexts. This seminar will be held in Tower Hamlets’ Waterlily Venue: once the famous Wickham department store, the Waterlily is now a popular community hub that serves local grassroots organisations and charities.


A note on access & live-stream:

The event is to take place on the second floor of the building. As a building in the conservation area which is still developing as a venue, some areas have very limited or no accessibility for anyone with mobility impairments.

There is a mechanical stairclimber which is suitable for certain wheelchairs. We need to advise that this is a far from satisfactory means of climbing and that some wheelchair users may not be happy using this equipment.

We ask anyone visiting or user the building to please check and confirm individual requirements prior to any event. We are happy to help and offer advice.

For those who cannot attend we will plan to do a live-stream of the event. Please check our social media account for more details on the day.

For more details, contact the venue directly: office.admin@thewaterlily.net

Ken Livingstone and Peter Hitchens: An Everyman’s Guide to Political Philosophy

People’s PPE Conference: Saturday June 4th

People led workshops and seminars

In the interactions and conversations we have had with our audience members at People’s PPE events, it has become abundantly clear to the organisers that the wealth of talent, ideas and experience that you have is phenomenal.

We would like to help YOU turn your great ideas and talents into tangible events.

Open Source Conference

Is there a topic that you would like to see addressed at a People’s PPE event?
Would you be interested in organising your own panel event?
How about running your own seminar or lecture?
Do you know anyone who you think would make for a great guest speaker?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” (or even “maybe..”), People’s PPE would like to help YOU turn your ideas into a reality.

Queen Mary University and People’s PPE: Communities Festival

People’s PPE have partnered with Queen Mary University, and will be hosting a conference day as part of the QMUL community festival on Saturday June 4th.

More details about the QMUL festival can be found here.

The People’s PPE Conference will have the capacity to hold around 20 events on the community festival day, in a mix of lecture theatre and classroom settings.

If you would like to organise your own event, or lead your own seminar or workshop – please fill out the relevant application document (below) and submit it to info@peoplesppe.com by Friday 8th April

Note – Even if some of your ideas are incomplete, do feel free to submit them by Friday 8th April, and we will work together with you as best as we can to make your event come to fruition.

People’s PPE Conference: Saturday June 4th

Want to get more involved with People’s PPE?

People’s PPE Public Meeting
: Sunday 3 April
Time: 2 – 4pm
Venue: Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury St, Whitechapel, London E1 5HU
Register: Click here

Whether you want to know more about the project, would like to lead your own seminar, have input and advice, or would just like to meet some new people – this meeting is for you!

Join us at our public meeting to:

  • Get more involved in People’s PPE
  • Share your ideas for future of People’s PPE
  • Find out more about our future events
  • Organise your own events & panel sessions
  • Lead your own seminar



Want to get more involved with People’s PPE?