08 February 2024, 17:30 – 19:00


  • LocationLecture Theatre, Trinity Hall, and online
  • CostFree of charge
  • Booking closing dateWednesday, 07 February 2024 17:30pm

Bookings for this event have now closed. If you have any questions, or would like to register to receive the recording of the event, please contact Rebecca Horner at developmentevents@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.

Join us for a good-natured and good-humoured debate about the forthcoming UK general election. It promises to be an enlightening exploration of the current political climate and the choice on offer. 

All are welcome at the drinks reception beforehand.

This is a hybrid event. You can book to attend in-person or online using the booking links.


17:30-17:45 Drinks reception in the Terrace Room

17:45-19:00 Hustings in the Lecture Theatre

The Hustings will also be livestreamed from 17:45.

Lee David Evans

Lee David Evans (2010)

Lee David Evans is a historian of the Conservative Party and the inaugural John Ramsden Fellow at the Mile End Institute, Queen Mary, University of London. His research primarily focuses on the ‘One Nation’ conservative tradition and the Conservative administrations of the 1950s and 1960s. He has recently published articles and provided analysis for the media on Conservative leadership changes, including the controversial 1963 leadership selection when Harold Macmillan was succeeded by Alec Douglas-Home.

For over fifteen years Lee has been active in Conservative Party politics, working for Members of Parliament, organising parliamentary campaigns and holding various roles in the voluntary party. His principal political interests include tackling regional inequality, ensuring every person has access to outstanding educational opportunities (including grammar schools) and preserving the British constitution. Beyond politics, he is the CEO of an education business and a chartered fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Baroness Glenys Thornton

Baroness Glenys Thornton

Glenys Thornton is a Labour and Cooperative member of the House of Lords, and has had a career in the voluntary, co-operative, and private sectors for over 40 years. She was chief executive of The Young Foundation from June 2015 to October 2017 and continues as a Senior Fellow. Former Government Health Minister, and Women and Equalities Minister (2008/2010), she is currently Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and DCMS. Glenys is founding Chair, now Patron, of Social Enterprise UK and Fellow of Social Innovation, Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Sandy Walkington

Sandy Walkington (1972)

When asked ‘Who is Sandy Walkington?’ ChatGPT says: ‘Sandy Walkington is a British politician who was a Member of the UK Parliament for St Albans from 1997 to 2005…’  Er no, but he did study economics and law at Trinity Hall and was chair of Cambridge University Liberal Club.  ChatGPT unaccountably leaves out his Nobel Prize for Peace but Sandy’s portfolio career did include roles as Head of Research and speechwriter for Liberal MPs, Manager of International Public Relations for Texaco in New York, Director of Public Affairs at British Telecommunications, Director of General Election Communications for the Liberal Democrats in 2005, and Director of Public Affairs at Transport for London. He never was an MP but had four tries at getting elected for St Albans including getting more votes than Mrs Thatcher in 1983 and coming closer to winning in 2010 than any other Liberal candidate in 100 years.

Booking and cost

There is no charge to attend, however, booking is required (please see the form above). Booking closes at 12:00 on Wednesday 7 February.

If you are joining us online, you will receive an email by 16:00 on Thursday 8 February with a link and joining instructions. The livestream will begin at 17:45.

Dining Rights

We would like to invite alumni to use their dining rights to join us at High Table after the discussion. Please note that spaces are limited.

Trinity Hall Spotlights: Politics

This event forms part of Trinity Hall Spotlights: Politics, a series which will endeavour to throw some light on what lies ahead of us as we enter an extraordinary political year. We will endeavour to keep you informed and engaged through a programme of events.


We like to take photographs at our alumni events to use in our digital and print communications. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, please let us know in advance or on the day.


The Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ.

Please visit the Porters’ Lodge on arrival where they will direct you to the venue.


Please let us know as soon as possible if you find you are no longer able to attend, as we have limited capacity for this event. Please email the office or call +44 (0)1223 332555 at the earliest opportunity.


If you have any queries, please contact Rebecca Horner on alumnievents@trinhall.cam.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1223 763010. If you have any questions about events in general, please see our event FAQs.