Stephen Farrall

Steve is Professor of Criminology at the University of Sheffield, where he is also Deputy Head of the Law School. He is the Principal Investigator on a major ESRC-funded project, The Long-term Impacts of Thatcherism, which examines the impact of Thatcherite social and economic policy on criminal behaviour. He tweets about this research as @Thatcher_Legacy.

He is the author of The Legacy of Thatcherism (2014, with Colin Hay) and Social Order and the Fear of Crime in Contemporary Times (2009, with Emily Gray and Jonathan Jackson). Steve has published widely in high-ranking politics, history and law journals (with co-authors including Will Jennings, Colin Hay and Danny Dorling). His recent work on Thatcherite social attitudes was reported in the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Independent and the Daily Mail among others.


David Jeffery

David is Lecturer in British Politics at the University of Liverpool. His main areas of expertise are the UK Conservative Party and the political history of Liverpool, with an emphasis on the decline of the Conservatives in the city.

David has published articles in world-leading journals on Conservative decline in Liverpool; Conservative parliamentarians’ voting behaviour in the EU referendum; the ideological positions of Liverpool’s Conservative MPs; and the Conservative Party’s 2016 leadership election.

His research has been published or cited in various national and regional publications, including BBC News, The Conversation, the Huffington Post, The Times and ConservativeHome.


Lord Michael Heseltine

Lord Heseltine was Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State under John Major and a minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Edward Heath. Heseltine was the MP for Tavistock (1966-1974) and Henley (1974-2001) and served as Secretary of State at the Department of the Environment (1979-1983; 1990-1992), the Ministry of Defence (1983-1986) and the Department of Trade and Industry (1992-1995).

He became a member of the House of Lords in 2001 and subsequently advised the Cameron governments. His report, No Stone Unturned, was influential in persuading the Coalition government to pursue de-centralisation and boost regional economies outside of London.

In 2012, Heseltine was made a Freeman of the City of Liverpool, recognising his ongoing advocacy of the city’s regeneration since the Toxeth riots in 1981.

Lord Heseltine will be in conversation with Antony Mullen.