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Pennies and Pounds: Deciphering the public purse

As Onward research has found, the British public tends to lean leftward on economics, despite being socially conservative. This is underlined by the latest cutting-edge polling methods from UCL which shows public shifts in perceptions of tax and spending. With an increasingly relaxed attitude towards tax, the Government may have more headroom to ‘tax and spend’ if the public can see a viable uplift in public services.

This panel will discuss why this shift has occurred and how Labour can ‘tax and spend’ effectively.


  • James Murray MP, Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury
  • Polly Toynbee, Guardian Columnist
  • Torsten Bell, Director, Resolution Foundation
  • Camilla Cavendish, Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice



October 10, 2023


This event is kindly supported by UCL