Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship Seminar Series

Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship Seminar Series

Although St Antony's has always included many Fellows and students with an interest in contemporary politics and world affairs, a notable addition to the College's activities was launched in May 1993 when the Governing Body created a Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship. The idea was that two Members of Parliament - one from the governing party and the other from one of the main opposition parties - would be elected to the Fellowship each year. The hope, which has been fully realised, was that they would visit the College regularly and in one term help to organise a seminar on important political and other matters.

This year we are grateful to Lord (Paul) Boateng and Baroness (Kate) Fall for agreeing to join the College as our 2021-2022 Visiting Parliamentary Fellows. Their programme theme will be Britain in the World, with our first session discussing 'Vaccines, Covid, and the Challenge to Global Public Health’.

Lord Boateng

Lord Boateng

Lord Boateng is a Labour peer, and currently Chair of the Archbishops’ Racial Justice Commission, Lord Boateng was appointed the UK’s first black government minister after Labour’s 1997 election victory. Subsequently he became the first Minister for Young People in 2000, eventually achieving the position of Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2002. After serving in the House of Commons, he was British High Commissioner to South Africa from 2005 to 2009 before joining the House of Lords in 2010.

Baroness Fall

Baroness Fall

Baroness Fall is a Conservative peer and served as David Cameron's Deputy Chief of Staff for six years while he was prime minister and for five years when he was leader of the opposition. Nicknamed ‘The Gatekeeper’ by the press, in 2011 she was ranked by the Evening Standard as one of the 100 most influential people in London.

Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship Events