Durham Law School's Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government, chaired a panel on how the political left can defeat populism at the annual FEPS-Fabian Society new year conference on 21 January 2023. Panellists included Dame Diana Johnson MP (Chair, Home Affairs Select Committee), Baroness Anderson (CEO, Index on Censorship), Ian Dunt (the i newspaper), Sunder Katwala (British Future), Prof Daphne Halikopoulou (York) and Marcin Duma (IBRIS).
The Fabian Society is the UK's oldest think tank. Professor Brooks is an elected member of the Fabian's Executive Committee. He joined after taking a seat vacated by Keir Starmer on his becoming Leader of the Labour Party. Brooks's Fabian pamphlet "New Arrivals: A Fair System of Immigration for Labour" won the Fabian Society's Jenny Jeger Prize for outstanding Fabian publication of the year.