Claire Fox is the director of the Academy of Ideas and convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival. She initiated the Debating Matters Competition for sixth-formers and co-founded a residential summer school, The Academy, with the aim to demonstrate ‘university as it should be’. In May 2019, she was elected as an MEP for the North West England constituency of the UK in the European Parliament elections. In September 2020, Claire became a member of the House of Lords as Baroness Fox of Buckley. Claire is frequently invited to comment on TV and radio and is author of I STILL Find That Offensive! and No Strings Attached! Why arts funding should say no to instrumentalism.