Attlee & the East End: Then & Now 2023

Professor Jon Davis is Director of the Strand Group at King’s College London. His research and work focus on the contemporary history British central government. He is the co-author with The Independent’s John Rentoul of ‘Heroes or Villains?: The Blair Government Reconsidered’ which became the basis for BBC Two’s five-part documentary series ‘Blair and Brown: The New Labour Revolution’. Professor Davis’s Cabinet Office-sponsored PhD was published as ‘Prime Ministers and Whitehall, 1960-74’ in 2007. 

Professor Davis lectures at King’s College London on the history of Prime Ministers and Chancellors and on modules partnered with No.10 Downing Street. Before joining King’s, Professor Davis spent a total of eighteen years at Queen Mary, University of London, and rose to be a Lecturer in the Department of History, Director of the Mile End Group (2004-14), overseeing more than 100 increasingly high-profile events over more than a decade, and Associate Director of Corporate Affairs. 

The lecture will be held at Queen Mary University of London on the 18th of October, starting at 18.30.To apply for a ticket(s), please email the Strand Group directly on

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