56th Annual Lecture

The Privilege of Service
by
The Right Honourable Michael Gove MP

The widely reported speech delivered by The Right Honourable Michael Gove MP as the Ditchley Annual Lecture on Saturday 27th June 2020 is now available to view. 

This event received an overwhelming response with an international audience. Mr Gove argued for bold economic and social reform across Government and the Civil Service, including a drive to attract more diverse talent.  Mr Gove also spoke of the need to mobilise radical devolution across the UK and prioritise opportunity for all as we rebuild in a post-pandemic world.  He compared this with reforms enacted by Franklin D Roosevelt in response to the challenges of the 1930s, highlighting in particular the need for restless and fearless experimentation.

The text of Mr Gove’s speech is available here and click on the link below to view the video.