The past decade, between 2010 and 2020, has been subject to some of the most influential political moments in history. Over the course of this period, defining decisions have been made, such as Britain leaving the European Union and new leaders have come to the forefront, including Donald Trump.
With the political world moving at such a fast pace, it’s hard keep on top of the news, and most importantly know which factors affect you and your business. Below we break down the five most crucial moments from the past decade in politics and explore the benefits for booking a politics speaker, to navigate these themes at your next event.
Possibly the biggest event of the past decade was Brexit. Effecting not only British politics but European and even further afield with new trade agreements taking place, Britian leaving the European Union has changed the course of history. From the referendum, instigated by former politician David Cameron, to the day of exit, a lot has taken place.
Here’s the key dates:
23rd June 2016 – 51.9% of Britain vote to leave the EU
24th June 2016 –Prime Minister David Cameron Resigns
13th July 2016 – Theresa May announced as the Conservative Prime Minister
8th June 2017 – Theresa May holds a general election, Conservatives win
24th May 2019 – Theresa May resigns after failing to deliver a deal & several votes of no confidence
24th July 2019 – Boris Johnson is named as the Conservative Prime Minister
31st January 2020 – Britian withdraws from the European Union
Amongst the leaders of the country there have been many other key figures in the delivery of Brexit, with reputations gained and lost in the process. Playing an integral role in the Vote Leave campaign was Nigel Farage of the UKIP and Brexit parties, whereas Kenneth Clarke, former Conservative MP went against the majority of his party to support the remain campaign. Evidently, the Brexit process sparked much debate within politics and the public.
To navigate the timeline of Brexit events, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the implications of Britain leaving the EU on your business, we have on hand the best Brexit speakers in the country, equipped with invaluable advice and insight.
Across the globe, the past decade has proven a turbulent time for international politics. With defining elections and political unrest taking place, the influence on overseas policies is equally relevant to the UK.
Perhaps the most controversial moment occurred on the 20th January 2017 in the United State of America, when Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the country. Since, he has experienced much media attention due to his opinions on women, impeachment trial and past as a businessman. With an established relationship between the US and UK, Trump’s presidency has influenced the UK political sector.
Events such as the Panama Papers in 2016, which saw 11.5 million documents leaked relating to illegal offshore banking practices, were watched across the world as the incident, and subsequent actions unfolded. Similarly, the Arab Springs uprising of protests against the government, which spanned from 2010 until 2012 provided an unimaginable shift in power between the public and politicians, evidenced by the rest of the world.
The relevancy of these pivotal events to UK politics is immense, as we responded with political opinions, support and condemnation to the political actions of other nations. Operating an international corporation means it is essential to be aware of politics of the countries you work within, in order to succeed in overseas markets and adhere to their trading rules. We recommend booking one of our international relations and geopolitics speakers to support your corporate environment in succeeding globally.
Barely into the new year of 2020, the corona virus pandemic struck. Affecting every single country worldwide, to varying degrees, COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill and forced lock down in many areas.
Originating from Wuhan China, the deadly virus had its first case on the 17th November 2017, however, it was not widely reported on until the new year. On the 11th of March 2020 the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic, and the UK lock down was announced by Boris Johnson on the 23rd of March, with education facilities, work places and every other non-essential service closed.
Months after the first reported case, Covid-19 has infected nearly 24 million people and been the cause of death for over 800,000. The devastation caused has not been limited to personal emotional trauma, as in the UK alone the impact on the economy and unemployment are at bleak levels. With the announcement of a national recession in August, businesses and individuals have been thrown into a period of uncertainty for the future.
To gain first-hand advice from those who made and continue to make the pivotal decisions during the pandemic, book a political speaker today for an in person or virtual event. Able to support corporate clients in accessing monetary grants, bringing employees back to work and navigating the regulations required for workplaces, politics speakers are truly essential for businesses at present.
UK General Elections
Due to take place every five years in the UK, general elections have provided an opportunity for the public to have their say on who governs the country since 1708. However, between 2010 and 2020 there have been more elections than usual with history making results.
General Election Results:
2010 – Conservative Coalition – David Cameron
2015 – Conservative – David Cameron, Theresa May
2017 – Conservative Minority – Theresa May, Boris Johnson
2019 – Conservative – Boris Johnson
Leading the Conservative Party to victory in the 2010 election, David Cameron sought to form a coalition with Liberal-Democratic leader, Nick Clegg, in order to gain leadership and take control from Labour. With this history making duo in power, Cameron proved his capabilities and won individually in 2015. However, unable to spearhead Brexit, Theresa May took control and called a further general election, with Brexit a focal point of the manifestos. By 2019 the Conservatives had a new leader in Boris Johnson, and Labour were yet to regain the country’s leadership, after Jeremy Corbyn stepped down as leader of the opposition.
With such upheaval in British politics over the past decade it seems impossible to separate what’s essential to know as business leaders. Whether the policies of parties are of importance to your corporate success, or elections affect your business strategies, our selection of politics speakers are on hand to support your corporate audience and steer them through the political current affairs.
A key role of a political party is to review, establish and implement government policies, of which many pioneering ones have been introduced in the past decade.
The new decade brought about a trailblazing piece of legislation with the announcement of the 2010 Equality Act. Combining 116 essential policies from the 50 years prior, the Equality Act 2010 forbid discrimination against any person based on: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and pregnancy. This was a huge step for equality across minority groups, introduced by the Conservative government. The United States are also in the process of amending their bill to include gender identity to support diversity and inclusion.
Other progressive policies introduced internationally include Northern Ireland’s Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018, the Ivory Act 2018 to protect elephants and the Data Protection Act. Politicians are tasked with combatting all manner of issues through the introduction of new acts and laws, created for the benefit of people, animals and the planet.
Policies influence the lives of the public up and down the country on a personal and business level, so it is essential to maintain an understanding of the new and developed policies put in place. With corporations having to uphold the standards set by acts such as the Equality Act 2010, a political speaker can assist in ensuring your audience is educated on the rules and regulations they must adhere to, meaning your business won’t be penalised for non-compliance.
What Events Benefit From a Politics Speaker?
Known for their versatility, politics speakers can offer a number of services at events, which is one of the reasons why they are so frequently sought after and booked. Often sourced to share their insight on the current political climate, politics speakers like Sir Iain Duncan Smith, who are presently active in the sector, are perfectly placed to transfer the policies from parliament to relevant layman’s terms for your business.
Similarly, political journalists and commentators are at the forefront of the ever-changing political current affairs and as such can educate audiences on the essential updates, and the impacts their audiences could face.
Most frequently, former and current politicians, are booked as after dinner speakers. With high-profile reputations, valuable content and a plethora of anecdotes from the upper echelons of government, politicians strike the perfect balance of entertaining and insightful at after dinner engagements. Having spent much of their career delivering powerful talks in various settings, politicians like Kenneth Clarke and Edwina Currie effortlessly create an impact with their speeches.
Book a Political Speaker
Fit for every occasion, our politics speakers are the ideal addition to your next event. If you want to explore the past, present or future political climate with your audience, book one of our many politics speakers today. Either fill in the contact form or ring 02071010553 to get in touch with one of our expert booking agents, who will ensure your booking process is seamless from start to finish.