Sir Oliver Letwin In a political career spanning over three decades, Sir Oliver Letwin served as an MP and cabinet minister at the top of the UK government. A member of the Conservative Party for twenty two years (until his attempt to block a no-deal Brexit resulted in him losing the whip), Letwin sat as an independent MP before standing down ahead of the 2019 general election. Now, in his new eye-opening book, Apocalypse How? Technology and the Threat of Disaster, Letwin draws on his vast experience in government to investigate the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure and reveal why we are more vulnerable than ever to the threat of technological malfunctions, whether from cyber-attacks or freak solar storms. As we become increasingly reliant on technology, he encourages us to question our unshakeable faith in it. Chaired by Richard Moss BBC Political Editor for North East & Cumbria Book Now We would like to reassure you that Hexham Book Festival events will be delivered with your safety in mind, and in full accordance with Government guidelines available at the time. Booking for this event has now closed.