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Policy Event

Rhondda Lecture 2016

05 Dec 2016
Institute of Directors, London
The Rhondda Lecture is an annual platform for the celebration and recognition of bold leadership, radical thought, and challenges to the status quo.

Rhondda Lecture 2016

This year, Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, will deliver the Rhondda Lecture at 116 Pall Mall in London on 5 December, hosted by BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

A recent profile of Ruth Davidson in the New Statesman described her as “a Christian, gay, kickboxing army reservist who made a passionate case for the EU and has transformed the fortunes of the Tories in Scotland".

Her brief time at the helm of the Scottish Conservatives has indeed coincided with a popular renaissance for the party, which has been largely out of favour in Scotland over the past two decades. In May, she led her party to famous gains in the Scottish elections and now leads the opposition in Holyrood, having overtaken Labour as the second largest party in Scottish politics.

Ruth’s personal charisma, humour, and straightforward approach are among the key factors associated with the recent success of the party, and she has won a string of plaudits for her performances across TV debates in Scotland and in the live televised EU referendum debate at Wembley Arena in June.

Following the lecture, there will be a brief Q&A led by Laura Kuenssberg. 

We are thrilled they will both be joining us to deliver the lecture for 2016.

Background: Margaret Rhondda

Although born into an aristocratic family in 1883, Margaret Rhondda embraced radical (for the time) feminism as a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union. She was also not beyond hard-line activism, harassing Prime Minister Herbert Asquith from the running board of his car in 1910 and setting light to a pillar box in 1913. For the latter offence she was arrested and imprisoned. However, she was subsequently released after five days of hunger strike.

Her business career began as secretary and assistant to her father, the Viscount Rhondda. On his death in 1918 she inherited his title and vast business interests. She went on to hold 33 directorships, and in 1926 was unanimously elected by IoD members to serve as president. She campaigned on equal pay, child custody and for women to be allowed to sit in the House of Lords. This was finally allowed in 1958, the year of her death.

Key details

Date & time: 05 Dec 2016 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Institute of Directors, London
CPD Hours:

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Event manager:
Mrs Sophie Breeden
Contact phone:
0207 451 3289




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  • Institute of Directors
  • 116 Pall Mall
  • London
  • SW1Y 5ED

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