AC Grayling
AC Grayling
Master and Professor of Philosophy, New College of the Humanities
Baroness Onora O'Neill
Baroness Onora O'Neill
Philosopher and cross-bench Member of the House of Lords
Will Hutton
Will Hutton
Political Economist and writer


Joshua Rozenberg
Joshua Rozenberg
Putney Debate chairperson and legal commentator
Michael Mansfield QC
Michael Mansfield QC
Barrister and President, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Rob Murray
Rob Murray
Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP, representing Gina Miller in Article 50 case
The Putney Debates 2017: Programme
Programme: Speakers and Sessions

Session I: Parliament and the People 
2.00-4.00pm, Thursday 2nd February 2017

Session II: Changing and Strengthening the Role of the People
5.30-7.30pm, Thursday 2nd February 2017

Session III: Parliament, the Executive, and the Courts
2.00-4.00pm, Friday 3rd February 2017

Session IV: Preserving the Liberal Constitution
5.30-7.30pm, Friday 3rd February 2017

St Mary's Church, Putney
The Putney Debates 2017
Join us at historic St Mary's Church Putney

St Mary's Church is the site of the original Putney Debates, the first debates about the nature of democracy in England. Here, 370 years ago, with England in the throes of civil war, civilians and ordinary soldiers in the New Model Army met to discuss the constitution and the future of the country.


Tony Benn
Every generation has to fight the same battle again & again: there is no destination called democracy. That’s the interest of the Putney Debates.
Watch Tony Benn on why the Putney Debates matter today

Stained Glass Window

St Mary's Church is next to the river at the southern end of Putney Bridge. It is in a controlled parking zone, so we recommend you come by public transport.

Putney is very well-served by buses, tubes, and the rail network.

Map: St Mary's Church, Putney High Street, London SW15 1SN

Find out more about this historic venue and how to get here

The Putney Debates
Britain's constitutional origins
What were the Putney Debates?

Discover how a group of liberal radicals challenged the existing order through an extraordinary series of debates that paved the way for many of the civil liberties we value today.

Thomas Rainsborough
I think that the poorest he that is in England has a life to live as the greatest he.