Former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove was the speaker at this year’s Longford Lecture, held at Church House Westminster in London, 16 November.
A capacity audience heard the leading Brexiteer address the subject of: ‘What is really criminal about our Justice System?’.
Gove made headlines for arguing that executive clemency should be granted to release prisoners who had served far longer than the tariff for their original offence.
The annual event is organised by The Longford Trust, working in association with The Prison Reform Trust, and has been held at Church House Westminster since its inception in 2002. It was once again chaired by broadcaster Jon Snow.
Previous lectures have been delivered by Cherie Booth QC, Martha Lane Fox, Clive Stafford Smith, Will Self and, last year, Michael Palin.
“We were delighted to work with Church House Westminster to deliver the 15th Longford Lecture,” says Peter Stanford, the director of the Longford Trust. “It is the continuation of a long and very happy partnership with the team there, which has enabled us to make best use of the venue’s facilities to ensure that our lecture has become an event of national significance. Once again the event was a sell out, a testament to the importance of the topics being discussed.”
Robin Parker, general manager of Church House Westminster, said: “Our partnership of working with The Longford Trust to host its annual lecture makes them one of our longest standing clients. The lecture touches on important issues and continues to attract internationally renowned speakers. We are delighted to continue the tradition of working with the Longford Trust to deliver a thought-provoking evening.”