CCS Webinar Series Archive

The CCS Webinar series is guided by a simple principle – it’s always better to talk. And by talk, we mean to as many people as possible, from all walks of life and from both sides of the political aisle but all of whom have something to say on the most topical and challenging issues facing Britain today. From Brexit to cancel culture to transgender rights and more – we speak to leading figures whom we hope will inspire you to engage with us and with some of the most important debates of our time.

The CCS wants to hear from you – get in touch with any ideas or suggestions for whom you’d like to see us talk to next!

We talk to Calvin Robinson – a former assistant principal and education consultant for the DfE – on why ideas like “white privilege” are divisive and the problem with schools being political with their pupils.

Calvin Robinson on the roots of his political activism.
Calvin Robinson on the key to disagreeing well …
Calvin Robinson on the lack of political and ideological balance in teaching.
Calvin Robinson on the relationship between Critical Race Theory and Cancel Culture.

We speak to Minister for International Trade, Ranil Jayawardena MP, on his career, his influences and on how to disagree during divisive times.

Ranil Jayawardena MP on balancing constituency and national interests.
Ranil Jayawardena MP on the key to disagreeing well.
Ranil Jayawardena MP on the art of persuasion.

We talk to Debbie Hayton and Stephanie Davies-Arai on transgender issues, one of the most divisive and sensitive topics currently being debated and discussed.

Why the transgender debate has become so polarised.
Debbie Hayton on the importance of discussion and debate around transgender issues.
Stephanie Davies-Arai on children and transgender issues.
Should hormone blockers be given to children?
How can we take the heat out of the transgender debate?

We talk to Douglas Carswell and explore his thinking, writing and campaigning on issues including direct democracy and the European Union.

Douglas Carswell offers insight on how our own views are sharpened by listening to those on the other side of debates.
Douglas speaks about what sparked off his passion for liberty and free markets.
Douglas Carswell on the Brexit Referendum.
Douglas explains why culture should be considered in the immigration debate.

We spoke to Claire Fox on her experience in student politics, the role of universities, cancel culture, reform of the House of Lords, and more. A fascinating and wide-ranging conversation.

Some wise words from Claire Fox on how to debate and respect the views of those with whom we may disagree.
Claire speaks about her favourite programmes and why Newsnight and Panorama are no longer what they used to be.
Early education, misbehaving in class and the first rumblings of the activist mindset.

We spoke to Rob Halfon MP about all sorts: what got him into politics, why he’s so focused on education, what he thinks about the recent exams debacle, and his take on the upsurge in culture clashes. Well worth a listen!