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A Day for Ada

Jul 18th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

The Labour left today could do with a few members like Ada Salter, the quietly-spoken, peace-loving ILPer whose pioneering work transformed south-east London in the early decades of the 20th century. MATTHEW BROWN attended the first Ada Salter Day.

There have been many reasons in recent weeks to yearn for a different kind of left, and a different kind of Labour Party. The inaugural Ada Salter Day provided yet more cause to reflect on what a committed, campaigning, credible and radically-minded Labour movement can achieve, at its best, and how much is now under threat from its current sad state and potential demise.



Brexit: Analysis and Action

Jul 11th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

“What has happened is that the protests against globalisation, capital and free markets by the disadvantaged has been captured by the right, in the absence of effective resistance from the left.” So writes Mike Rustin in one of the more coherent analyses of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union on 23 June.



Brexit: Organising for Dangerous Times

Jun 29th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

“I am truly worried about our country. We are living in dangerous times.” So says Nick Lowles of Hope not Hate as reports arrive of a rise in racist and xenophic attacks across the country in the wake of last Thursday’s Brexit vote.

“The decision to leave the EU has been quickly followed by a wave of racist and xenophobic attacks against Eastern Europeans and others across the country,” writes Lowles in his latest plea to members.



Re-Dedication of ILP Volunteers’ Plaque

Jun 27th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The role of ILP volunteers in the Spanish Civil War will be remembered at an event at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford on Saturday 24 September.



‘An Idea Whose Time Has Come’

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

A universal basic income could be one of the big progressive policies at the next election according to campaign group Compass which has published a report on the issue, saying it’s “an idea whose time has come”.



Education for Action at Miners’ Gala

Jun 24th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

‘The rise and fall of the working class’ will be one of the topics under discussion as part of a North-East Labour History’s week-long programme of talks and events in the lead-up to this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala on Saturday 9 July.



London to Celebrate Ada Salter Day

Jun 24th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Ada Salter’s 150th birthday will be celebrated in south east London on the weekend of 15-16 July with a series of events to mark the extraordinary legacy of this pioneering ILPer on the people and politics of Bermondsey, London and the country.



Brexit: The Left Responds

Jun 24th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

‘We still believe in each other’ is the message from Hope not Hate, just one of a number of left wing groups and organisations who have responded to the European Union referendum result.

The United Kingdom voted by 52% to 48% to leave the EU at the polls yesterday, triggering Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his retirement this morning and provoking calls for political leaders and parties to work towards uniting a divided country.



Corbyn’s Labour to Come Under Chartist Scrutiny

Jun 12th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The future of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn will be one of the main topics of discussion at Chartist’s 2016 annual general meeting at Westminster University on 9 July.



Building a Good Europe

Jun 12th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Compass has called for a more imaginative, inspiring discussion about Europe with the launch of its new report, Building a Good Europe.