Reading the Past

Jul 22nd, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

The pre-war ILP plays a leading role in two new books of contrasting types – one a novel set in north east England, the other a radical ramblers’ guide to the capital. MATTHEW BROWN follows the literary and geographical traces of our past.

It’s not often you read any book these days in which the Independent Labour Party plays a leading role, let alone a fictional one. But the ILP and all its between-the-wars ruminations is central to the tale of Bill Rowe, the main character in Tom Wall’s debut novel, The Coward: Conscience on trial, published by Roundfire Books at the end of July.

Britain’s Post-Election Blues

Jul 21st, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

DOREEN MASSEY and MICHAEL RUSTIN are the founders and guiding lights behind the Kilburn Manifesto, one of the most cogent analyses of neoliberalism and the state of the left. Here they provide a brief reflection on the general election and what it means for the future of social democracy.

At the closing of the polls on election day in the UK, an ‘exit poll’ dashed nearly everyone’s expectations that the outcome would be a ‘hung parliament’. The Labour Party is in a state of shock.

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.

Why Mhairi Black is Right

Jul 20th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

In case anyone missed it, here is a link to “the great maiden speech” made by the SNP MP, Mhairi Black. ERNIE JACQUES is among those who believe Labour should support her call for a parliamentary coalition against the cuts.

‘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.

Labour Campaigners call for ‘Manifestos of Intent’

Jul 8th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead, News

Labour campaigners are calling on leadership candidates to issue ‘manifestos of intent’ outlining their likely policies and putting their politics on public show for voters’ to consider. HARRY BARNES explains why they are needed and calls for urgent support.

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.