The Indian Professionals Forum is holding a drinks reception to introduce The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) to its members on Thursday 9th May 2019 from 6pm – 8pm at the Guildhall Club, 3rd Floor West Wing, Guildhall London EC2P 2EJ.
We anticipate it to be an intimate and informal evening during which you will also have the opportunity of engaging with the CSJ’s founder, The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP.
Iain Duncan Smith was educated at Dunchurch College of Management, the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia and HMS Conway in Anglesey. As part of the Scots Guards, Iain saw active service in Northern Ireland and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and served in Canada and Germany. Iain later worked for GEC-Marconi, a defence company, and Bellwinch, a property company. He has also been on the board of Jane’s Information Group, a publishing company. Iain married Betsy in 1982 and they have four children – Harry, Edward, Rosie and Alicia.
Iain was elected Member of Parliament for Chingford in 1992, and he was re-elected in 1997 as Member of Parliament for the re-drawn constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green. Iain was promoted to William Hague’s Shadow Cabinet in 1997. As Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security, Iain exposed Labour’s hypocrisy and failure on welfare reform. When he was promoted to Shadow Defence Secretary, he exposed the Government’s failure to give British forces sufficient funding and equipment.
In 2001, Iain was elected Leader of the Conservative Party. After stepping down in 2003, he set up the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), an independent think tank committed to tackling poverty and social breakdown. Iain worked tirelessly as Chairman of the CSJ until the 2010 General Election, when he was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He served in this position until March 2016. Iain remains the Member of Parliament for Chingford and Woodford Green and is always happy to deal with constituents and their concerns.
About the CSJ
The CSJ is the UK’s leading independent think tank that has put social justice at the heart of UK politics. Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, poverty is endemic throughout the country and the CSJ committed to tackling poverty’s root causes and recommending life changing solutions. Its work draws from the day to day practical experiences of the 400 or so ‘on the ground’ charities that is the network of the CSJ and the CSJ has no political leaning. Its focus and its policy recommendations are made in the areas of:
Over the last 12 months, a third of all of the CSJ’s recommendations by CSJ were taken up by Government. Knife crime, Robbery, Anti-social behaviour, Drug abuse, Homelessness, Depression and Mental Health concerns. Social injustice has got to do with these issues that we all see in the UK and is a subject close to the heart of all UK Indians.
The Relevance to IPF
We believe IPF members share a strong and deep personal connection on this subject. As the diaspora has risen to be the UK’s most prosperous many social struggles were doubtless encountered along the way. The IPF is keen to give something back to the society we live in and to the country we all call home and to play its part in alleviating poverty in the UK.