Clare Politics


Clare Politics is one of the largest non-partisan politics societies at the university. The goal of the society is to bring the leading figures from the world of politics and current affairs to Clare to discuss pertinent contemporary issues. All of our events are free and open to the students, fellows, staff and the public alike. In the last year we have hosted such speakers as the American, Swiss and Palestinian Ambassadors, Norman Lamb MP, Lord McNally, Philip Collins and Bridget Kendall.

For a full list of speakers (both past and upcoming) and more detailed information in general, please visit our external website:


Events take place every one to two weeks. They usually start at 8.45pm, are held on any evening between Monday and Thursday, and last for one hour split equally between a speech from the guest and questions from the audience. There is always free wine and cheese before the talk and entry is free to all. Each event is put up on Facebook with the exact details specified there, so the best way to keep up-to-date is to like our Facebook page:


You can apply for a position on the Executive Committee (President, Vice-President/Treasurer [joint role], Secretary, Publicity), on the Speakers Committee (5 places), or as our Freshers Rep (1 place) in Easter Term. It’s a great way to meet high-profile and interesting speakers and hear what they have to say. In return for their work organising the year’s events, the Executive Committee can attend dinner (fully-paid) with every speaker in every term and the Speakers Committee and Freshers Rep can attend one dinner (fully-paid) each term as well as the dinner of any speakers they personally invited.


Ian Johnston (icj21 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk)