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Caroline Lucas MP to give the Leeds International Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture

Leeds,to be held on October 27th, 2016 (posted on August 22nd)
Report provided by Sean Morris, UK & Ireland Mayors for Peace Chapter Secretary

The leading MP and Chair of the Parliamentary CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) group, Caroline Lucas, will give the annual Leeds International Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture in Leeds Civic Hall at 7pm on October 27th. The lecture has been organised by the Leeds City Council Peacelink group and the Praxis Centre, Leeds Beckett University.

The lecture is titled 'War and Peace in the Modern World' and will consider the two major problems facing the world today - climate change and nuclear war. We now have the power to destroy so much but do we have the intelligence and the initiative to save ourselves and the planet? In this lecture, Caroline Lucas will focus on current and future global threats, alongside solutions that will help build up a more secure, stable world for all. She will talk about the threat posed by the ecological crisis in particular and set out what she thinks Britain's foreign policy ought to look like, including, of course, the issue of Brexit.

The annual lecture takes place on the 30th anniversary year of the assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, to which the lecture is named after. Palme was instrumental in the non-aligned movement at the UN and campaigned consistently for a nuclear weapons free and more peaceful world. Previous lectures have been given by the likes of Olof Palme's wife Lisbeth Palme, Mayor Akiba and Mayor Itoh of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume MP, international stage and screen actor Sir Patrick Stewart, the US Senator George Mitchell and renowned Professors of Peace Studies in the UK and Sweden, Paul Rogers and Johann Galtung.

This year's lecture will take place in the Banqueting Suite, Leeds Civic Hall at 7pm on October 27th. All are welcome to attend.

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