• Dr Gerard Lyons

CPS Going For Growth Lecture Series - December 2019

In December 2019, I delivered the third lecture in the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS)

series on Going for Growth.

Full details can  be read below and on the CPS website.



It is the greatest economic question we face: how do we turn today's stagnant growth rates into a solid and sustained economic expansion?

In a CPS lecture series, 'Going for Growth', leading economic thinkers set out their thoughts in the company of some of Britain's most respected financial commentators.

Thursday 10th October 2019:

Dr Dambisa Moyo, Author and Economist

For the first in the series, respected author Dr Dambisa Moyo spoke on ‘Edge of

Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix it.’

Dr. Moyo discussed the new political and economic challenges facing the world, and the specific, radical solutions needed to resolve these issues and reignite global growth. Dr. Moyo is an economist and the author of four New York Times bestsellers including her most recent, Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth. The evening was chaired by Jeremy Warner, the assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph, and one of Britain's leading business and economics commentators.

Tuesday 19th November 2019:

John Mills, entrepreneur and commentator

In the second part of this series, the celebrated entrepreneur and commentator John Mills spoke on ‘Challenging the Consensus - How To Get the UK Growing at 3.5%

Per Annum Like The Rest of The World’. Mills offered a quantitative and evidence-based strategy to overcome slow growth. John argues that we must raise our ambitions on growth, blaming our poor economic record on an economy that is too heavily weighted towards services. The best way around this, Mills argues, is to use market incentives to drive up investment in our

industrial heartlands.

The evening was chaired and remarks examined by Liam Halligan, the star

economics columnist at The Sunday Telegraph.

Tuesday 10th December 2019:

Dr Gerard Lyons, former Chief Economic Adviser to Boris Johnson

For the third lecture in our series, Dr Lyons spoke on how we can raise the UK’s

growth rate by rebooting the economy, so it prospers and grows.

Dr Lyons is an economist and Chief Economic Strategist at Netwealth Investments,

having previously served as Chief Economic Adviser to Boris Johnson while he was

Mayor of London. He was Co-Founder of Economists for Brexit and is co-author of Clean Brexit (Biteback Publishing).

Chris Giles, Economics Editor at the Financial Times chaired the discussion

following Dr Lyons’s remarks.

Monday 24th February 2020:

Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England

Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, delivered the fourth CPS

‘Going for Growth’ lecture at Bloomberg, entitled ‘The Health, Wealth, and Happiness of Nations’. Haldane examined the success of capitalism in making the world far better off over the past 200 years, and discussed the issues we are facing now with productivity and work. The evening saw debate over potential reforms to ensure that capitalism continues to be the success it has proven itself to be. The evening was chaired by Bloomberg TV anchor Guy Johnson.

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP

The fifth ‘Going for Growth’ lecture was adapted appropriately for the Covid-19

lockdown. Sir John Redwood examined the ‘Lessons for the Bank of England from

the ERM, the banking crash and Brexit’ on CapX, in advance of a webinar with CPS

Director Robert Colvile on 29th April.  Sir John Redwood explores the role the Bank of England can play in boosting the economy - and what lessons can be learned from past crises.  Sir John Redwood has been Conservative MP for Wokingham since 1987, having previously served as an advisor to Margaret Thatcher. He has held a variety of frontbench roles both in government and opposition, including serving in the Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet.