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Thomas Piketty to debate top advisor to Ed Miliband in parliament


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Event is hosted by Centre for Labour and Social Studies

Event hashtag: #PikettyClass

On June 16 [Monday] the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class), will host the world-renowned economist Thomas Piketty in conversation with top political advisor to Ed Miliband, Lord Stewart Wood.

For the first time, Thomas Piketty will discuss the findings of his bestselling much-debated book Capital in the Twenty-First Century in parliament, in front of an audience of academics and leading thinkers on the centre left.

In light of the approaching General Election, Piketty's arguments around the political economy could not be more important. How to tackle growing inequality and halt the slide in living standards will be key battlegrounds on which the next election is won or lost. As a result, Piketty’s ideas will be integral to the shaping of manifestos.

Lord Stewart Wood said: "I'm delighted Mr Piketty will be joining me in parliament to discuss the important themes he outlines in his bestselling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He has helped put the challenge of addressing inequality at the centre of political debate."

Thomas Piketty said: “It is a pleasure to be able to discuss the findings of my book with a key figure in the Labour Party. Without political action, inequality might grow to dangerous levels.”

Event date: 16 June 2014
Event time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm

This event is fully booked.

Notes for editors

1. The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is a new think tank established in 2012 by Unite the Union, GMB and the Institute of Employment Rights to act as a centre for left debate and discussion and has the growing support of a number of trade Unions including ASLEF, CWU, FEU, GFTU, NUT, PCS, PFA, TSSA, UCATT, MU, NUM and BFAWU. Originating in the labour movement, Class is working with a broad coalition of supporters, academics and experts to develop and advance alternative policies for today.

2. Thomas Piketty is Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics. He has done major historical and theoretical work on the interplay between economic development and the distribution of income and wealth. He is the author of the international bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

3. Lord Stewart Wood is a British academic and Labour life peer in the House of Lords. He is a top advisor to Labour leader Ed Miliband and a member of the Shadow Cabinet. Lord Wood also teaches politics at Magdalen College, Oxford University.

4. More information on this event, including a primer on Capital in the Twenty-First Century can be found here:

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For further information please contact Ellie O’Hagan on or 020 7611 2571