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Left Book Club to Launch this Autumn

Jul 20th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A new Left Book Club will launch this autumn in an attempt to revitalise progressive politics in Britain, much as the original LBC did in the 1930s and 1940s.



‘Blatant’ Union Bill Designed to Damage Labour

Jul 15th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The Trade Union Bill published by the Conservative government today (Wednesday 14 July) is designed to damage the Labour Party financially and will poison relations between workers and managers, according to the GMB union.

The Bill introduces turnout threshold of 50% for strike ballots, and requires unions in the health, education, fire, transport, water, security and energy sectors to win 40% support from all members eligible to vote. It also requires unions to give 14 days notice for strike action and lifts the current ban on firms using agency workers to do the jobs of those on strike.



What Hope for Labour?

Jun 30th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, Lead, News

The ILP is getting together with the campaigning pressure group Compass in September to examine the future of the Labour Party and the politics of radical hope.



Orgreave and the Struggle for Justice

Jun 26th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A series of meetings, talks and workshops on trade union struggles for justice are being held at Durham Miners’ Hall in the week leading up to this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala on Saturday 11 July.



TUC Attacks Tax Credit Reforms

Jun 25th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Trade Union Congress general secretary Frances O’Grady this week attacked the Conservative government for consigning millions of working families to poverty thanks to its proposed welfare reforms.



Labour’s Future Under Scrutiny

Jun 25th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The Labour Party’s future is coming under scrutiny from all angles at the moment with articles, papers, analysis and discussion meetings focused on what went wrong on 7 May and what Labour should do now.



The World To Win

May 27th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

‘The World to Win’ is the title of a residential course at the Northern College in Barnsley this weekend organised by the Independent working Class Education Network, to be followed in June by an exhibition of posters of protest and revolution at Barnsley Civic Arts Centre.



Celebrating the History of the Derbyshire Miners

May 19th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A series of events celebrating the history of the Derbyshire miners are being held in Chesterfield this June, culminating with a ceremony to mark the centenary of the town’s statues of founding miners’ leaders and Labour MPs, James Haslam and William Harvey.



Former MP Calls For ‘Manifestos of Intent’ From Leadership Candidates

May 19th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Former Labour MP Harry Barnes has called for Labour’s leadership candidates to issue ‘Manifestos of Intent’ to explain their intended programme and help members decide who to vote for.



Co-op Members Urged to Keep the Party Link

May 11th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The Keep it Co-op Campaign is urging Co-operative Group members to vote against proposals to sever the group’s 98-year-old relationship with the Co-op Party at this Saturday’s AGM in Manchester.