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ILP Lessons for Labour at Chartist AGM

Jun 14th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A session on lessons for Labour from the inter-war ILP will be at the heart of Chartist’s Annual General Meeting in London on Saturday 7 July.



Transforming Labour’s National Policy Forum

Jun 12th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

Labour policy-making needs to be more open and democratic, argues HUGO RADICE. And party members need to be fully involved. Could an online College of Labour provide the answer?

Labour membership has increased massively and the party is now realistically looking to win at the next general election. The 2017 Manifesto provided us with a solid basis for widening electoral support, but to win more of our fellow citizens to a transformative and radical programme we need a detailed and concrete set of policies, not just enthusiastic canvassing and effective social media.



Shadow Foreign Secretary to Give Hopper Memorial Lecture

Jun 11th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Two of Labour’s leading women shadow ministers will take centre stage at the second Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture on the eve of the Durham Miners’ Gala in what will be a fitting climax to Education 4 Action’s week-long fringe programme called ‘Politics, Pits and Protest’.



People, Pits and Politics

Jun 8th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Durham is set to host a two-day ‘political festival’ called ‘People, Pits and Politics’ in the run-up to the north east city’s annual Miners’ Gala this July.



Debating the Future of Public Ownership

May 3rd, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

“Public ownership used to be out in the wilderness; now it’s all the rage,” claims the publicity for an event organised by the Independent Working Class Education Network to debate the future shape of the public sector.



A Manifesto for Democracy

Mar 20th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

It is the contention of this brief paper that British democracy is not working, either philosophically or practically. Philosophically speaking, there is no effective representation; practically speaking, no political party is proposing radical reform to break the sclerosis currently evident in the system.



Between the Wars

Mar 13th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The period between the two world wars was one of the most turbulent in political history. The events of that time had a profound impact on the ILP and the development of British left-wing politics, as Ian Bullock describes in his important new book, Under Siege, reviewed here by HARRY BARNES.

After setting the scene in a brief and useful introduction, Ian Bullock takes us straight into his topic – the role and activities of the ILP between the end of the First World War in 1918 and the start of the Second World War in 1939. He covers an action-packed and complex period falling between these massive military conflicts, which profoundly affected the party political scene and had a major impact on the activities of the ILP.



‘Forgotten Pankhurst’ to be Honoured in Hackney

Mar 8th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Two events to honour the remarkable work of socialist suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst, the so-called ‘forgotten’ daughter of Emmeline and sister of Christabelle, are being held in Hackney, east London, this month.



Mary Barbour Statue Unveiled on International Women’s Day

Mar 8th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A statue honouring pioneering ILPer Mary Barbour, who led the Glasgow rent strikes, was unveiled in Govan Cross in front of hundreds of people on International Women’s Day (8 March), after a long-running fundraising campaign by the Remember Mary Barbour Association.



Striking for a Higher Purpose

Mar 8th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The lecturers’ strike, affecting more than 60 Universities and more than one million students, has thrown up new challenges to an increasingly dysfunctional university system. HAZEL HEAD reports.

As the lecturers’ strike by the University and College Union enters its third week, pressure is mounting on the well-heeled leaders of higher education to give ground. The strikers are opposing proposed changes to the long-established pension scheme which will transfer risk from employers to employees.