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Cancel culture: is it real and do we need to act? – 4 October - 4 October 2022

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  • Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future
  • Kelly Beaver, Chief Executive of IPSOS UK and Ireland
  • Sian Griffiths, Education and Families Editor at The Sunday Times
  • David Willetts, Conservative Peer and former Minister for Universities and Science
  • Albie Amankona, Financial Analyst, Conservative commentator and Co-founder of Conservatives Against Racism for Equality and ConservativeHome

“Cancel culture” first appeared in UK newspapers in 2018, when only six articles featured the phrase. By 2021 there were 3,670 pieces that referenced the term. 

While there is no doubt that concerns around cancel culture have become more prominent in recent years, does the level of attention reflect the realities of public opinion?

Where do most people stand on the real-world tensions between freedom of speech and freedom from harm? And are we a nation divided on these issues, or do we have more in common than we suspect?

 Join the Policy Institute at King’s College London, Ipsos and British Future to discuss these questions and more, drawing on findings from a major programme of research.

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4 October 2022

Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Birmingham