Published on 16/03/2021
Anneliese Dodds MP
  • Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Anneliese Dodds, to deliver a prestigious annual lecture on the UK’s economic response to Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic 
  • Anneliese Dodds was a senior lecturer in Public Policy at Aston University from 2010 to 2014
  • Online lecture on 23 March is open to all and free to attend

The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford East, Anneliese Dodds, will be delivering a prestigious annual lecture on the UK’s economic response to Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday 23 March.

The online lecture, Rebuilding the Foundations for a Better, More Secure Economy, is being co-hosted by the West Midlands Labour Finance and Industry Group (LFIG) and Aston University.

The LFIG annual lecture provides an opportunity for senior Labour Party parliamentarians to make a major policy speech in their area. In contrast to our ‘soundbite age’, the format allows time for a major policy speech that can go into detail about lessons learned from past events, consider international comparisons and set out the political and philosophical basis for emerging policy.

Anneliese Dodds was a senior lecturer in public policy at Aston University from 2010 to 2014.

She was elected to the European Parliament at the 2014 European Parliament election. Annaliese resigned her South East England seat when she was elected to the House of Commons at the 2017 general election. She served in the Shadow Treasury Team of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell as Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 2017 to 2020. In April 2020, she was appointed Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer by new Labour leader Keir Starmer.

Anneliese Dodds MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:

“It is a huge honour to give this year's LFIG lecture, and I am very grateful to Aston University for co-hosting this event. It will be wonderful to be back amongst colleagues and friends again.

"The lecture will set out how Labour would rebuild the foundations of our economy, with a relentless focus on jobs, delivering sustainable growth across the entire UK, supporting our high streets to thrive, and protecting family finances.”

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Anneliese Dodds back to Aston University and to host this year’s LFIG lecture.

“At such an important time for the UK’s economy where critical decisions need to be taken, I’m looking forward to hearing from the Shadow Chancellor and have the opportunity to discuss her economic response to the challenges we currently face.”

The lecture is free to attend and open to all. It will take place on Microsoft Teams Live from 18:30 to 20:00 on Tuesday 23 March 2021. Register your place in advance through Eventbrite.



Notes to editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

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