In conversation with the Rt Hon Theresa May

Former Prime Minister Theresa May discusses how abuse of power is eroding trust in democratic institutions.

Members event, Panel
30 April 2024 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House and Online

As 2024 has been billed the ‘year of elections’, trust and faith in democracy is uncertain. Many are struggling to see the benefits of such systems or the power behind a vote.

As Prime Minister for three years and Home Secretary for six years, Theresa May has been at the heart of decision making for almost a decade and confronted a series of issues in which the abuse of power led to devastating results. The effects were felt by individuals and unfortunate victims, and significantly damaged the reputation of, and trust in, public institutions and politicians. From the Hillsborough and Grenfell tragedies, to the Daniel Morgan case and parliamentary scandals, the powerful repeatedly chose to use their power not in the interests of the powerless but to serve themselves or to protect the organisation to which they belonged.

Drawing on examples from domestic and international affairs she was personally involved in at the highest level, including Stop and Search and the Salisbury Poisonings, the former prime minister argues for a radical rethink in how we approach our politics and public life. Mrs May will be discussing how governments lost and how they can rebuild that trust with the public, and how democracy can be saved.

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