Chris Patten in conversation
Chris Patten’s stellar political career took a sharp turn in 1992 when he unexpectedly lost his parliamentary seat. The irrepressible Patten, however, went on to hold a series of prominent public offices – the last Governor of Hong Kong, European Commissioner for External Affairs, Chancellor of Oxford University, Chairman of the BBC, advisor to the Pope – as he self-deprecatingly puts it ‘a Grand Poo-bah, the Lord High Everything Else’.
Based on his latest book, First Confession: A Sort of Memoir, he will reflect on his time in all these offices, taking us behind the scenes and showing unexpected sides of many of the great figures of the day. In exploring his own identity, he also examines the dangers of identity politics. An extended Q&A session hosted by the Speaker, John Bercow, will follow Lord Patten’s talk.