One People Oration: Dignity and Poverty
Dame Clare Moriarty, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, gives this year’s One People Oration.
About the speaker
This year’s oration is given by Dame Clare Moriarty. Dame Clare is Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, leading the national charity and network of local Citizens Advice charities across England & Wales. She was previously a civil servant for nearly 35 years, latterly as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2015 to 2019, and of the Department for Exiting the EU until its closure in January 2020. Her early career was spent mainly in the Department of Health and the NHS, with senior roles in the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Transport.
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About the One People Oration
The One People Oration is a lecture given each year at Westminster Abbey. The intention of the series is to make people 'think not only of all Christian people but of all mankind'.
The orations commenced in 1966, the 900th anniversary year of the consecration and dedication of Edward the Confessor's original church. The phrase ‘One People’ was coined by Edward Carpenter (then Archdeacon, later Dean of Westminster) in 1965-1966.