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Debunking the Myths: Explaining the Economy from the Left

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This interactive session will debunk economic myths and discuss how Labour activists can win the economic arguments on the doorstep. Politicians from the right have been defending their ideological mission to shrink the state by crippling welfare and slashing public services – by exploiting lies about the economy. The left are faced with an obstacle: how do we convince a brainwashed public that there is an alternative to austerity? And how do we create the space for progressives to think big in order to fundamentally reshape society?


Dr Faiza Shaheen
Think Tank Director // CLASS

Dr Faiza Shaheen is an economist, activist, and Director of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) - and now the Labour Party Parliamentary candidate set to unseat Ian Duncan-Smith. In 2017, Faiza was named the Observer Rising Star for Campaigning, nominated as Asian Woman of the Year and featured in the Top 100 Influencers on the Left list.

Ann Pettifor
Economist // PRIME - Policy Research in Macroeconomics

Ann Pettifor is a political economist, author, fellow of the New Economics Foundation, and director of PRIME – Policy Research in Macroeconomics. Since 2015, Ann is a senior economic advisor to the Labour Party. She is famous for her work on debt and the international financial architecture, leading an international campaign which resulted in the cancellation of $100 billion of debt owed by the poorest countries.

Professor Özlem Onaran
University of Greenwich

Author and Professor of Economics at the University of Greenwich and the director of the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre