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Lord Caradon Lecture - 'A conversation with Kim Darroch'

29 June 2021 to 29 June 2021 , 7pm - 8pm
At Plymouth Marjon University
Organised by Plymouth Marjon University in partnership with the Lord Caradon Lectures Trust

The Trustees of the Lord Caradon Lectures Trust are delighted to announce that the 2020 Caradon Lecture will take place online on 29 June 2021 at 7pm.

'As you will probably recall, our speaker for last year was Lord Darroch of Kew and we are very grateful for his patience as we navigated our way through the shifting shoals of the pandemic.  

As before we intend to run the lecture in the form of “A Conversation with Kim Darroch” with Martyn Oates, BBC South West’s Political Editor and a Caradon Trustee, hosting the event.  Having missed our opportunity to conduct this event during the final blows of the 2020 US election, we have asked Lord Darroch to start the event with his reflections on subsequent events and Biden’s first 6 months in office. There will be a mechanism for posing questions to Kim Darroch in advance – should you wish to do so please send them to with the heading Caradon Lecture and including your name (rather like the current mechanism on Radio 4’s Any Questions) – this mechanism will close on 25 June but there will also be a simple way to pose questions on the night.  We cannot guarantee to get to all the questions, but will do our best.

With the help of the Plymouth Marjon University events team, the conversation will be streamed live over the university’s Facebook ( and YouTube ( channels.  For those of you unable to join in on the night, we will be placing a full recording on the Lord Caradon and Marjon websites after the event. Do spread the word to those you think might be interested; as the event is online there is obviously no audience limit, and it would be good to bring the Caradon Lecture to a wider audience'.

- Simon Hill OBE (Chair).

Details about Kim Darroch:

Lord Darroch of Kew has accepted our invitation to be our speaker.  As Kim Darroch, he served as the British Ambassador to the United States between January 2016 and December 2019. He resigned his post on 10 July 2019 following the leak of diplomatic cables in which he had been critical of the Trump administration, and concluded his post in December 2019 when he retired from HM Diplomatic Service.  He has since written a book – Collateral Damage: Britain, America, and Europe in the Age of Trump – which was published on 17 September 2020.  

About the Lord Caradon Trust

The Lord Caradon Lectures Trust was established to commemorate the life and work of Hugh Mackintosh Foot, Lord Caradon (1907-1990).

The Trust exists to recognise Lord Caradon’s long and devoted service to the ideals of the United Nations and his work for the United Kingdom’s contribution to those concepts. It aims to extend understanding of international affairs and tolerance of other ideologies, races and religions, primarily through the series of annual lectures. The lectures are always on a theme of international significance related to Lord Caradon’s life and work.

The Trust depends entirely on public voluntary contributions and gratefully acknowledges the continuing assistance provided by the Plymouth Marjon University.