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Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Lawson (Vote Leave) and former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Yvette Cooper MP (Stronger In) will debate the key issues. The session will be chaired by Rachel Sylvester of The Times.
Lord Lawson of Blaby is a Conservative Life peer sitting in the House of Lords since 1992. He previously sat in the House of Commons as MP for Blaby from 1974 to 1992. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1983 to 1989, Secretary of State for Energy from 1981 to 1983, and Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) from 1979 to 1981. Lord Lawson’s widely acclaimed book, The View From No. 11: Memoirs of a Tory Radical, outlines his political and economic views and addresses the issues of the ERM, the single European currency, unemployment, Europe and the nature of modern democracy.
Yvette Cooper has been Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 2010 and prior to this, MP for Pontefract and Castleford from 1997. She was Shadow Home Secretary from 2011 to 2015; Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities from 2011 to 2013; Shadow Foreign Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities from 2010 to 2011; and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions May to October 2010. In government, her roles included Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2009 to 2010; Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2008 to 2009; Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government - Housing) from 2007 to 2008; Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government - Housing and Planning) from 2006 to 2007; and Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister - Housing and Planning) from 2005 to 2006.
Rachel Sylvester is a political columnist at The Times. She started writing about politics in 1996 and was a lobby correspondent on The Daily Telegraph before becoming political editor of The Independent on Sunday. She joined The Times in 2008.