This Year’s Lecture 2020



12th NOVEMBER 2020     7.30pm


The Trustees thought that you might be wondering how we are going to deliver the lecture in a time of Covid-19, and who this year’s Caradon Lecturer might be.   We have looked into the options and have decided that the only certain way of delivering it is online.  We intend to use The Workshop, the Plymouth Marjon University facility housed inside the famous BBC Villa in Seymour Road, Plymouth. The event will be streamed live over the university’s Facebook ( and YouTube ( channels.

The Trustees are delighted to report that Lord Darroch of Kew has accepted our invitation to be our speaker this year.  You may recall that 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 and many of you will have read extracts in the Sunday Times.  It goes without saying the planned lecture date is adjacent to the US election, indeed it may still be going on if neither candidate concedes while the postal votes are counted!

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.  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 5 November but there will also be a way to pose questions on the night.  We cannot guarantee to get to all the questions but will do our best.


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