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Tribute to Claudia Jones at WCML

Feb 11th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Working Class Movement Library is hosting a talk by Marika Sherwood on Claudia Jones, the Trinidad-born communist, feminist, peace activist, orator, journalist and founder of the biggest street festival in Europe.



New ILP Pamphlet Explores Ethical Socialism

Feb 7th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The ILP has published a new pamphlet by acclaimed author Graham Taylor which explores the origins of the early ILP’s ethical socialism and argues that the ideas behind its hard-headed moral and political framework can serve as an inspiration for the left today.



Radical Solutions to the Housing Crisis

Jan 12th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Housing and planning expert Duncan Bowie has produced a blueprint for Labour Party housing policy in a new publication that argues for an integrated approach on land, taxation, planning and public investment to provide radical solutions to the growing crisis.



Unbalanced Britain: Benn to put Education in the Spotlight

Jan 4th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, Lead, News

Education will come under the spotlight at the ILP’s next Unbalanced Britain seminar on 4 March when writer and campaigner Melissa Benn will speak about the Labour Party’s response to the last decade of education reforms.



Salters Play to Open in London

Nov 14th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, News

A new play about pioneering ILPers Ada and Alfred Salter is heading to south east London next month after a long battle for funding by its writer and director, Alison Mead.



Refugees, Women and the Grunwick Strike

Nov 8th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The co-author of a seminal account of “the strike that changed the rules of the game” will be giving a special one-off talk at Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands on Sunday 27 November to mark the publication of a second edition of his book about the dispute, Grunwick: The Workers’ Story.



Radical Readings for Salford’s Radical Library

Nov 3rd, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Actors Christopher Eccleston, Sheila Hancock, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Mike Joyce and Maxine Peake will all be reading extracts from radical works of literature and history as part of the Working Class Movement LIbrary’s second ‘Radical Readings’ fundraiser on Sunday 27 November.



Historic Cable Street Pamphlet Republished

Oct 27th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The ILP has republished a first-hand account of the Battle of Cable Street to mark the 80th anniversary of the day in 1936 when the people of London’s east end united to halt Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists (BUF) from marching through Stepney.



Labour on the Brink: Debating the Party’s Future

Oct 25th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

It seems hard to believe that the 2015 general election was only 18 months ago, so profound has been the change in the political landscape since the Tories’ unexpected triumph.

For Labour, the political and emotional traumas of that defeat have been resonating ever since as it’s reeled from Jeremy Corbyn’s shock victory in last year’s party leadership election, to civil war in the PLP, record low poll ratings and the aftermath of the EU referendum vote, including mass shadow cabinet resignations and a second leadership battle.



Finding a Progressive Future in Post-Brexit Britain

Oct 20th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Leading thinkers and key figures in the Labour movement will come together with grassroots organisers and activists at a conference in London on Saturday 5 November to “take stock, discuss policy solutions and map a progressive path forward for Britain” post-Brexit.