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Anti-Slavery Day offers us a chance to renew our commitment to ensuring every individual is free to flourish

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

In the past six years there has been a 300% increase in the number of victims of modern slavery referred for support in the UK, according to new figures published by the Salvation Army. This reflects a growth in the total number of slaves but also the significant progress made in identifying victims. 

The challenge posed by modern slavery is not unique to the UK. New global estimates produced by International Labor Organization and Walk Free Foundation reveal that more than 40 million people are currently living in slavery around the world, whilst 89 million people have experienced some form of slavery in the last five years. Though the causes for this crime are numerous, statistics show that people in transit — whether economic migrants, refugees or those seeking asylum — are particularly vulnerable to slavery and human trafficking.

These figures should serve as a call to action for us all. Theresa May’s strong global leadership on modern slavery provides an opportunity to build an informed and coordinated response to tackling slavery on a local, national and international level. At the Legatum Institute, the data-led research and recommendations of our Global People Movements programme will enable us to make our contribution to confronting the scourge of modern slavery.

We believe that all people, regardless of whether they feature in a migration, refugee or trafficking statistic, should have the opportunity to build a prosperous life. By shining a light on the global trends which lie behind modern slavery, we hope to identify opportunities to create safe pathways from poverty to prosperity for victims around the world, ensuring every individual is free to flourish.

October 18 is Anti-Slavery Day. It was created by an Act of Parliament to raise awareness about modern slavery and encourage government, local authorities, public institutions, companies and individuals to tackle this atrocity. 


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Read our Senior Fellow James Sproule's solution to the housing crisis in CapX

Monday, 16 October 2017

In CapX our Senior Fellow James Sproule puts forward the case for using monetary policy to solve the UK's housing crisis. "No solution to this [housing] problem is going to be instant, or anything close to quick. But what is needed is clear political direction to the Bank of England to broaden its interest rate setting mandate to include asset prices, and for the Monetary Policy Committee to act upon that new mandate."

Read the full article here.


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Catch up on the media coverage of our latest paper on public opinion in the post-Brexit era

Monday, 2 October 2017

A landmark study of public opinion in the UK post the General Election has found that there is widespread support for Labour’s nationalisation agenda and much less support for free enterprise. Public opinion in the post-Brexit era—written by our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott and co-authored with Populus’ James Kanagasooriam, has received extensive media coverage. We've included a selection of this coverage below. You can read the comment pieces here.

 


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Read a selection of comment pieces related to our latest paper on public opinion in the post-Brexit era

Monday, 2 October 2017

A landmark study of public opinion in the UK post the General Election has found that there is widespread support for Labour’s nationalisation agenda and much less support for free enterprise. Public opinion in the post-Brexit era—written by our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott and co-authored with Populus’ James Kanagasooriam, has received extensive media coverage. We've included a selection of comment pieces below. You can read other media coverage of the paper here


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Matthew Elliott writes the bluffer's guide to the German election in The Times Red Box

Friday, 22 September 2017

In The Times Red Box our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott writes a guide to Sunday's election in German. This follows the publication of his Brief Guide to the German Election, co-authored with Claudia Chwalisz from Populus.

Read the full article here.


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In City A.M. Matthew Elliott explains why the German elections matter, despite the outcome being inevitable

Friday, 15 September 2017

Ahead of the German election, our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott has produced a paper with Claudia Chwalisz from Populus explaining why populism has failed in Germany. In City A.M. Matthew says that despite Angela Merkel's inevitable victory, the election result is still important because the result will have a significant impact for two reasons: the composition of the coalition, and the impact on the Brexit negotiations and future EU integration.

Read the full article here.


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On BBC Radio4 Shanker Singham supports a creative and flexible approach in order to get the best withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK

Friday, 1 September 2017

Shanker Singham tells BBC Radio4 that a clear and timely withdrawal agreement benefits both the UK and the EU in terms of agreeing a financial settlement and a future trade relationship. 

Listen to the BBC Radio4 interview here


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Shanker Singham tells BBC Radio4 that Crawford Falconer is the best man to negotiate our trade deals

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Crawford Falconer, a trade negotiator from New Zealand and former Commissioner with our Special Trade Commission, has been appointed by the Government as chief trade negotiator for the many trade deals that need to be made once Britain has left the EU.

This is a massive undertaking and BBC Radio4 sought the views of friends, family and colleagues to shed light on Crawford's career and see if he's up to the task ahead.

Shanker Singham, Chairman of our Special Trade Commission, is confident Crawford has what it takes. He said in the interview:

"There's more than just knowledge and experience in having done negotiations. There are of course lots of people who have done that. It's also the character that you bring to this. You're going to have to have someone who is optimistic, who is vision oriented and who can see the big picture...You need somebody there who's got their eye firmly on the prize of success. One of the things about Crawford is he does have that."

Listen to the BBC Radio4 interview here


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In a BBC interview Victoria Hewson says technology will help provide border solutions with Ireland

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The BBC sought the views of our Senior Counsel to the Special Trade Commission, Victoria Hewson on the use of technology to monitor the border. 

Victoria reiterated that Government doesn't want physical borders so the technology used would need to be away from the border solutions. Solutions include filing customs declarations electronically, this system is currently used outside the customs union. 

Listen to the interview here


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Matthew Elliott tells City A.M. readers that a string of new appointments has re-energised Downing Street and renewed its focus on delivering the best deal for Britain

Friday, 4 August 2017

In City A.M.’s guest notes our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott reflects on the success of the Prime Minister’s new appointees and the renewed energy this has brought to Downting Street. Matthew explains why it’s crucial for the Government to deliver on its pledge to build more homes and observes that business leaders are still seeking confidence-boosting measures. Matthew finishes by putting forward the case for the Taoiseach to push for a strong EU-UK trade deal. A case that will be looked at in detail in a paper we will be publishing shortly. 

Read the full article here

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Shanker Singham tells Voice of America that the G-20 summit can help clarify the global trade agenda

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Ahead of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Voice of America interviewed our Director of Economic Policy, Shanker Singham, to find out his views on the future of global trade.

Read the full interview here.


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In the Financial Times Danny Kruger writes that Britain’s public services need reform and fiscal discipline

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Ultimately, the answer to austerity is not more public spending, but more innovation and more money and manpower from outside the public sector. Britain has a closed social model, which chokes the supply of care, inhibits personal responsibility, disempowers professionals and swells demand.

Read the full article in the Financial Times here


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Artist seeks to humanise the plight of refugees through intimate portraits

Thursday, 29 June 2017

At the Legatum Institute we are focused on tackling the major challenges of our generation—and seizing the major opportunities—to ensure the legacy we pass on to the next generation is one of increasing prosperity and human flourishing.

Our latest research has shone a spotlight on a group of people who are largely ignored and often invisible. This group of people who no longer belong in or to a country is now almost equal to the size of the UK.

Artist Hannah Rose Thomas is on a mission to share their stories and make these often invisible people, visible. To Governments, to local communities and to the wider global community. Hannah's intimate portraits of Syrian refugees in Jordanian refugee camps and refugees in the Calais 'Jungle' seek to humanise the individuals forced to flee their homes, whose personal stories would otherwise be left untold.

In a deeply personal and moving speech, Hannah recently addressed the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of their plight.

Watch Hannah's speech here and view her work here


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Watch Philippa Stroud address the House of Lords saying that standing united is the pathway to prosperity.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Yesterday in a speech in the House of Lords, our CEO Philippa Stroud spoke about the priority to build a more united country that strengthens social, economic and cultural bonds.

Watch the speech here.


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Read Senior Fellow Danny Kruger's response in the Spectator, to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

In acknowledging the tireless work of charities, churches and individuals Danny writes that it highlights the importance of Big Society. He looks at the need for social infrastructure when building community. 

Read the full article in The Spectator here


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To increase prosperity, Central and Eastern European countries must reverse brain drain among young people

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Our inaugural Central and Eastern European Prosperity Report has found that young people are the key to unlocking prosperity growth in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.


Our inaugural Central and Eastern European Prosperity report has found that young people are the key to unlocking prosperity growth in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.
Our inaugural Central and Eastern European Prosperity report has found that young people are the key to unlocking prosperity growth in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.
Our inaugural Central and Eastern European Prosperity report has found that young people are the key to unlocking prosperity growth in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

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Legatum Senior Fellow Danny Kruger recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Senior Fellow Danny Kruger has been awarded an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours, in recognition of his innovative charity work with children and young people.

 


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Philippa Stroud reflects on the lessons we can learn from the General Election to ensure our country works for everyone

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Our CEO, Philippa Stroud reflects on the General Election result and what we can learn from this as we strive to create opportunities that will enable all British people to flourish.

 


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Victoria Hewson discussed the future of free trade as part of a panel at the International Financial Services Forum

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Victoria Hewson was part of a panel which discussed how firms should navigate their way through the unprecedented change that has resulted from the triggering of Article 50.

Watch the discussion here

 


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Cristina Odone writes in the Guardian that parenting classes could make a significant difference for families

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme was wrote in the Guardian about the benefits of ensuring all parents have access to parenting classes. 

Read the full article here

Read the report on Parenting Skills Classes here.


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Shanker Singham and Victoria Hewson write for CapX on the EU-Singapore case which gives the EU wide negotiating latitude

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Court of Justice of the EU has found that the EU’s competence in trade negotiations is more extensive than even the Advocate-General opined last year. In CapX, Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Special Trade Commission and Victoria Hewson, Senior Counsel to the Special Trade Commission write that this should make it easier for the EU to do deals with other countries including the UK.   

Read the full article here

 


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Britain's Mums and Dads are providing their children with more than just a housing deposit

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Centre for Character and Values, writes in The Daily Telegraph about the important role of parents beyond just providing the funds necessary to own a home.

Our polling found that respondents overwhelmingly believe family is important in creating the best environment for young people to flourish. Parenting classes are found to be very helpful yet their delivery is inconsistent in providing the support needed across the country. 

Read the full article here.

Cristina Odone interviewed 70 parents and a number of experts as part of her research. Listen to some of these interviews here


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The Sunday Times interviewed Shanker Singham on trade negotiations

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Shanker Singham, Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, was interviewed for The Sunday Times on the process for negotiating trade deals as the UK exits the European Union. 

Read the interview here

Read our latest paper, A Blueprint for Trade Policy, here.


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Matthew Elliott discusses the French election on Sky News

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott discussed all the latest on the French election with Adam Boulton on All Out Politics.

Watch the interview here


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Macron won’t win by a landslide

Monday, 24 April 2017

Following the publication of his guide to the French elections, Our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott writes for The Times Red Box that he doesn't predict Emmanuel Macron winning by a landslide and discusses whether populism will be dead following this French election. 

Read the full article here.


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A victory for centrist and EU-phile Emmanuel Macron could ultimately be good for Brexit

Monday, 24 April 2017

Our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott writes for City A.M. about the implications for the euro, the EU and Brexit should Emmanuel Macron win the French election as predicted by pollsters.

Read the full article here.


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A Populist Win For Le Pen Or Mélenchon Would Be A Bigger Crisis For The EU Than Brexit

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott writes for the Huffington Post about the impact of a populist win in the upcoming French elections on the rest of the European Union.

Read the full article here.


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How better parenting can keep families functioning

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Centre for Character and Values, writes in CapX about our new report on the quality of parenting classes in the UK.Our polling found that respondents overwhelmingly believe family is important in creating the best environment for young people to flourish. Parenting classes are found to be very helpful yet their delivery is inconsistent in providing the support needed across the country. 

Read the full article here.

Cristina Odone interviewed 70 parents and a number of experts as part of her research. Listen to some of these interviews here


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Cristina Odone on Woman's Hour discussing the benefit of parenting classes for all parents

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour about the findings of our recent report into parenting classes. She said it's time we break the stigma around parenting classes as they provide valuable support and skills to all parents. 

Listen to the interview here.

Cristina Odone interviewed 70 parents and a number of experts as part of her research. Listen to some of these interviews here


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Charlie Gard's parents may have to let him go

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme writes for the Daily Mail about the heart breaking situation Charlie Gard's parents find themselves in, drawing on her family's experience with her brother, Lorenzo, who was also afflicted by an incurable genetic condition. 

Read the full article here.

Commentary

It helps to admit your failures as a parent

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

With the launch of our new research into parenting classes, Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme writes for The Times that parenting classes would benefit all parents and that there shouldn't be a stigma attached to them.

Read the full article here.

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Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott was recently interviewed by the International Business Times.

Monday, 10 April 2017

In an interview for the International Business Times, Matthew talked about his upcoming work at the Legatum Institute as he shared what he is doing following the success of the Vote Leave campaign. 

You can view the interview here


Commentary

What China and the US Could Learn from Each Other

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Meetings between the US and Chinese national leaders have never been easy. More often than not they are fraught with conflicting strategic interests, intermittent trade frictions, and occasional miscommunicated agenda. Today’s meeting in Florida, between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping promises to beat all previous such meetings in its difficulties for setting a common ground.

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Despite facing some significant challenges, South Africa has enormous potential for growth.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's main opposition party,addressed the challenges, along with the opportunities for South Africa during a briefing at the Legatum Institute this week.


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Matthew Elliott was interviewed by BBC News for his thoughts on the historic triggering of Article 50.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott, shared his analysis with BBC News on the future for the UK now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Watch the interview here.


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Matthew Elliott was interviewed by Sky News for his analysis of the triggering of Article 50.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

With the historic triggering of Article 50, Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott, was interviewed by Sky News on how this will shape the UK's future and the opportunities presented.

Watch the interview here.


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Matthew Elliott was interviewed by BBC Radio Humberside on the triggering of Article 50.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

BBC Radio Humberside asked Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott,for his thoughts on the opportunities for Britain now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Listen to the interview here.


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In CapX, Cristine Odone writes that Italians may live longer but they don't all prosper.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Centre for Character and Values writes in CapX some Italians may be living long and healthy lives, with pensioners clinging to memories of the “economic miracle” that made for a dolce vita, but those under 30 are stuck paying the bill for their elders’ indulgence.

Read the article in CapX here.

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Shanker Singham writes for the Daily Telegraph about the importance of continuing to push towards global free trade.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham says it is crucial that we push towards a goal of free trade, free markets and genuine competition within borders. If we are able to reduce the anti-competitive distortions which thwart competition, we will be able to ensure that wealth is created and the global economy grows.

Read the full article here


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Harriet Maltby writes for CapX that Scotland's prosperity depends on the Union.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy and Research for the Legatum Prosperity Index says an independent Scotland may succeed. Brexit Britain may flounder. We cannot predict the future. However, we can say with confidence that Scotland’s path to prosperity would be far harder to travel alone. If sovereignty calls, then we should not stand in Scotland’s way. However, Scots must understand that going it alone would make their future even more uncertain.

Read the full article here


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Matthew Elliott on Sky News discussing the Dutch election results.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Following his analysis of the Dutch elections, Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott, was interviewed by Sky News on the Dutch election results, Brexit and the rise of populism.


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Matthew Elliott on BBC Radio 5 live on the Dutch election result.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Following his analysis of the Dutch elections, Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott, was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night programme. 


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Matthew Elliott provides everything you need to know about the Dutch elections in CapX.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Senior Fellow, Matthew Elliott, writes a useful guides for CapX on the Dutch elections, following the release of his paper ahead of the election which provides context for these elections and looks at the rise of populism.

Read the article in CapX here.

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Matthew Elliott writes for City A.M. on the upcoming Dutch election.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Senior Fellow, Matthew Elliott, writes for City A.M. that ahead of the Dutch election it is important not to overplay the similarities between Brexit voters and Geert Wilders' Dutch populists. 


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Shanker Singham delivers speech to Commonwealth Trade Ministers.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham recently delivered a speech to the Commonwealth Trade Ministers' meeting in London looking at ways to re-energise Commonwealth trade policy.


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Harriet Maltby writes for Reaction that the cost of caring for elderly relatives should fall primarily to families, not to the state.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research for Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index looks at the financial challenges facing adult social care in Reaction and addresses the often unpalatable reality that the system currently punishes responsible families who wish to care for their relatives rather than encouraging and supporting families in the care of their elderly relatives. 


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Baroness Stroud writes in ConservativeHome, urging the Chancellor to boost Universal Credit in the upcoming budget

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Our CEO, Baroness Stroud makes the compelling case in ConservativeHome that it is possible for the government to fulfill their promise to be driven by the interests of the just about managing by investing in Universal Credit. 


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Forbes Afrique features the Legatum Prosperity Index™

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

In this month's edition, Forbes Afrique look at what it means to be prosperous, citing the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index which analyses the prosperity of 149 countries and offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world. 

Find out more about the The Legatum Prosperity Index™ here.


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Cristina Odone appears on BBC's Daily Politics as Guest of the Day

Friday, 24 February 2017

Director of our Cultural Transformation Programme, Cristina Odone appeared on BBC's Daily Politics as Guest of the Day discussing topics including the recent by-elections in Copeland and Stoke and whether it should be possible for one MP to stop new legislation or if there is an argument that there are too many attempts at bringing in new legislation. 

 


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Maximilian Yoshioka writes in City A.M. about the opportunities for the UK in welcoming refugees

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Maximilian Yoshioka, lead researcher for Legatum Institute's Centre for Entrepreneurs makes the business case in City A.M. for welcoming refugees.


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Cristina Odone appears on BBC 1's Big Questions

Monday, 13 February 2017

Director of our Cultural Transformation Programme, Cristina Odone spoke to Nicky Campbell and an invited audience in Leicester for the Big Questions on Sunday 12th Feb

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Shanker Singham talks to BBC Radio 4 Today Programme about US and UK Trade

Friday, 27 January 2017

Our Chairman of The Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission Shanker Singham spoke to Rob Young @robyougnuk about the potential for a UK and US Trade deal as the Prime Minister and President meet at the White House. 

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Baroness Stroud responds to the Supreme Court verdict on the triggering of Article 50

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The CEO of the Legatum Institute and Conservative Peer, Baroness Stroud looks at the possible outcomes in Parliament and wider politics as a result of the Government losing this case. 

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Shanker Singham responds to President Trump's cancellation of TPP

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Our Chairman of The Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission Shanker Singham responds to US President Donald Trump withdrawing from TPP by Executive Order. An expected move that Shanker argues could open the way to building Prosperity Zones. Something he believes a UK outside the EU could benefit from

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"Lorenzo's Oil" Cristina Odone's speech to the BFI about her brother

Monday, 23 January 2017

At a screening at the BFI Cristina Odone our Director of Character and Values added a personal perspective to a showing of the 1992 film "Lorenzo's Oil". It stars Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon, who play her father and step-mother who are trying to care for their son Lorenzo. He was Cristina's step brother and had adrenoleukodystrophy. This is the speech she gave

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Our Special Trade Commission on what should be included in a UK Industrial Strategy

Monday, 23 January 2017

Shanker A. Singham, Chairman, Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission and Alice J. Brooks, Counsel, Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission outline what they see as crucial to any UK Industrial Strategy. HMG has published theirs here we post our report for those wishing to make comparison or analysis.  


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Baroness Stroud: "On the rise of Populism and Nationalism": A House of Lords debate.

Friday, 20 January 2017

In the House of Lords Our CEO Baroness Stroud contributed to a debate on the "challenges to the liberal international order posed by the development of populism and nationalism around the world". This is the speech she gave