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Policy Network's experts are available for comment or interview for both print and broadcast media. Their expertise includes, but are not limited to, the topics listed below. You can find more detailed profiles of our experts on the Policy Network staff page.  

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Patrick Diamond

Policy Network vice chair

Specialist topics: UK Labour Party, the future of social democracy, centre-left party politics in Europe, governance and public policy, public service reform, social policy, mutualism and co-operatives.

Profile: Patrick is Vice Chair. He is Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London, Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Oxford. He is the former Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street and Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. Patrick has spent ten years as a Special Adviser in various roles at the heart of British Government, including No.10 Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Northern Ireland Office. His recent publications include: Beyond New Labour (with Roger Liddle, 2009); Social Justice in the Global Age (with Olaf Cramme, 2009) and and After the Third Way (with Olaf Cramme, 2012); and Global Europe, Social Europe (with Anthony Giddens, 2006).




Roger Liddle

Policy Network chair and Labour member of the House of Lords



Specialist topics: UK Labour Party, EU-UK relations, EU affairs and governance, political economy, industrial policy, social Europe and the future of social democracy.

Profile: Roger is chair of Policy Network, a UK Labour member of the House of Lords, and a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lancaster. From 2009-2010, Roger chaired the government’s New Industry, New Jobs advisory panel in the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. From 2007 to 2010 he also chaired Cumbria Vision, the sub-regional economic development partnership in his home County. He was for seven years from 1997 special adviser on European affairs to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. From 2004-2007 he served in the European Commission, first in the Cabinet of the EU Trade Commissioner and then as  economic adviser to the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. In 2013 he was elected as a member of Cumbria County Council. Roger has written extensively on European and British affairs, including The Blair Revolution (with Peter Mandelson, 1996), Global Europe, Social Europe (with Anthony Giddens and Patrick Diamond, 2006) and Beyond New Labour (with Patrick Diamond, 2009), and most recently The Europe Dilemma: the drama of EU integration (2014), as well as  several other Fabian Society and Policy Network pamphlets. He also co-authored two papers for the President of the Commission’s thinktank, the Bureau of European Policy Advisers, on “Europe’s Social Reality” (February 2007) and the “Single Market: Yesterday and Tomorrow” (July 2006), and since then has contributed to various edited collections on the Single Market, the social challenges facing Europe, the case for a social investment strategy and Britain’s European policy.


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