Sebastian Payne Sebastian Payne – an award-winning journalist and Whitehall Editor for the Financial Times brings us an essential and compelling political road-trip through ten constituencies that tell the story of Labour’s red wall. Historically, the red wall formed the backbone of Labour’s vote in the Midlands and the North of England but, during the 2019 general election, it dramatically turned Conservative for the first time in living memory, redrawing the electoral map in the process. Originally from the North East himself, Payne sets out to uncover the real story behind the red wall and what turned these seats blue. Beginning in Blyth Valley in the North East and ending in Burnley, with visits to constituencies across the Midlands and Yorkshire along the way, Payne gets to the heart of a key political story of our time that will have ramifications for years to come. Chaired by Gerry Foley The Times Political Book of the Year. A Daily Telegraph, Guardian and FT Book of the Year. Book Now Booking Information Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Tuesday 19th April. Tickets go on general sale from Thursday 21st April. Please note that a handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings. Hearing loops are available. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book (booking fees will not apply). Booking for this event has now closed.