Welcome to the website for the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, based in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.


23 January 2017

We are delighted to host Jon Cruddas, Lisa Nandy and Caroline Lucas on 21 February for a panel discussion on the possibility of a progressive alliance. Find out more.

21 December 2016

In the first of our Meet the Author podcast series, Ben Worthy interviewed Rob Singh about his book After Obama: Renewing American Leadership, Restoring Global Order. Listen here.

Upcoming events

22 MARCH 2017

Who Should Be Called to Account?: Margaret Hodge in debate with Philip Collins and Lucy Barnes

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Recent Posts

What is it like to work for an MP?

On Wednesday 16 November the British Politics Centre welcomed Robert Dale,
author of the book How to Be a Parliamentary Researcher and a former member of staff for Andy Sawford, MP for Corby.

Robert spoke to students from the Department of Politics and beyond about how to get a job in parliament, the kinds of people who apply for these positions, and what it’s like when they get there.

The talk was followed by a Q&A session.

Listen to a podcast of the event:

  1. The 2016 US Election: Trump Can Win
  2. The EU Referendum: Will it be In or Out?
  3. Chills, thrills and surprises: ten years of freedom of information in the UK
  4. The Conservatives have been the biggest borrowers over the last 70 years
  5. David Willetts in Conversation with Tony Wright
  6. The State of British Democracy
  7. Charities Regulation Under Scrutiny
  8. The Politics of David Bowie
  9. Podcast: Europe’s Migrant Crisis and the Populist Right