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Wednesday, 11th April 2012

Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP - Jacob Rees-Mogg on the EU

Ruth Lea - Britain and Europe: A New Relationship

Dr Ruth Lea CBE
The Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP


With the speakers; the Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, member of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee & Ruth Lea, economist, author and broadcaster.


The Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the Conservative Member of Parliament for North East Somerset. He is rated as one of the Conservatives’ most rebellious MPs. In the House of Commons he serves on the Procedure and European Scrutiny Select Committees.

Prior to entering politics Jacob Rees-Mogg worked in financial services where he set up his own company, Somerset Capital Management in 2007. Previously he was in Global Emerging Markets at Lloyd George Management.

His political interests concern matters to do with the Treasury and the European Union. Jacob Rees-Mogg is also particularly interested in China, the Far East and India.

Ruth Lea
Ruth Lea is currently Economic Adviser to and a non-executive director of the Arbuthnot Banking Group. She is also a member of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Shadow Monetary Policy Committee. She is the author of many papers on economic matters.

Her previous posts include the Director of Global Vision (2007-10), Director of the Centre for Policy Studies (2004-07), Head of the Policy Unit at the Institute of Directors (1995- 2003) and Economics Editor at ITN (1994-95). She was also Chief UK Economist at Lehman Brothers and Chief Economist at Mitsubishi Bank; worked for 16 years in the Civil Service (the Treasury, the DTI, the Civil Service College and the Central Statistical Office) and was an economics lecturer at Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich).

The topic of Ruth’s talk is; Britain and Europe: A New relationship.

Click here to read the full speech by Ruth Lea