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New Labour and the Roots of Labour’s Crisis, Part 2

Nov 15th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

HARRY BARNES continues his investigation of the state of Labour, looking at the failures of the Miliband leadership, the basis for Jeremy Corbyn’s triumph and the prospects for party unity.

I have never met Ed Miliband and only went to hear one or two of his platform speeches. However, I do feel that he was carefully trying to move the party away from New Labourism towards something nearer the old Smith-Beckett stance. Perhaps it was only a start on a much longer road.



Salters Play to Open in London

Nov 14th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, 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.



Orgreave: Still Waiting for Justice

Nov 10th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The news that there will not be a public inquiry into the events at Orgreave during the 1984-85 miners’ strike was described by Labour’s Andy Burnham as ‘an estabishment stitch-up’. GERRY LAVERY recalls what happened 32 years ago and reports on the campaigners’ fights for justice.

The news that there will not be a public inquiry – or even a review – into the events of Orgreave in 1984 was described by Barbara Jackson, secretary to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC), as “devastating and shocking”. In a defiant message to the government, members of the campaign made it clear that they would carry on until they get justice.



New Labour and the Roots of Labour’s Crisis, Part 1

Nov 9th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

In the first of a two-part examination of the state of the Labour Party, HARRY BARNES looks at the roots of Jeremy Corbyn’s rise and the Party’s turmoil. He begins with New Labour’s emergence after the death of John Smith.

I start by referring to a period during my own time as an MP when there seemed to be genuine hope of creating a unity of purpose …



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.



A Visit to Glen Cottage

Nov 7th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

STEVE THOMPSON visited a Lancashire youth hostel this summer and found a memorial to one of the ILP’s founders and pioneers that is now fighting to survive.

For a long time I have intended to get to know more about Lancashire, so in June this year I looked up a youth hostel in the county and came up with Earby. It was a place I had never heard of, but a couple of days in the Pendle area seemed a good idea.



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.