Battle of Ideas 2012 20 & 21 October, London. Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Academy of Ideas at the Barbican.
Speakers include
Natalie Bennett, newly elected leader, Green Party of England and Wales; London Assembly candidate; chair, Green Party Women; former editor, Guardian Weekly

Philippe Legrain, visiting senior fellow, LSE’s European Institute; author, Immigrants: your country needs them and European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right

Ferdinand Mount, author, The New Few: or a very British oligarchy; former editor, Times Literary Supplement

Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen's University Belfast

Mark Walport, director, Wellcome Trust; Government Chief Scientific Adviser (from April 2013)

David Lammy MP, Labour MP for Tottenham; author, Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots

Timothy Garton Ash, professor of European studies, University of Oxford; commentator; director, Free Speech Debate

John Cooper, leading criminal and human rights barrister; regular columnist, The Times and Observer; editor, Criminal Bar Quarterly

GM Tamás, visiting professor, Central European University; author, Les Idoles de la Tribu

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Wes Streeting, chief executive, Helena Kennedy Foundation

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