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What Hope for Labour?

Jun 30th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

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.

The public meeting will be held in Leeds on Saturday 19 September, just one week after Labour elects a new leader and deputy leader, and four months on from the party’s disastrous defeat at the general election. The implications of the election results for Labour’s future will be the focus of the day’s activities.



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.



One Man Against the War

Jun 16th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

HOLLIE BUSH tells the tale of Alf Myers, an ILPer and ironstone miner from a small Teesside village, whose refusal to fight in World War One almost cost him his life.

Many lived through the conflict of World War One. Some fought in it, some lived it out on the home front – in Teesside, for example, enduring the German naval bombardment of Tees Bay. But there were also some who refused to fight and they paid a heavy price for being war resisters. Alfred Myers was one of those.



The World To Win

May 27th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

‘The World to Win’ is the title of a residential course at the Northern College in Barnsley this weekend organised by the Independent working Class Education Network, to be followed in June by an exhibition of posters of protest and revolution at Barnsley Civic Arts Centre.



Celebrating the History of the Derbyshire Miners

May 19th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A series of events celebrating the history of the Derbyshire miners are being held in Chesterfield this June, culminating with a ceremony to mark the centenary of the town’s statues of founding miners’ leaders and Labour MPs, James Haslam and William Harvey.



Former MP Calls For ‘Manifestos of Intent’ From Leadership Candidates

May 19th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Former Labour MP Harry Barnes has called for Labour’s leadership candidates to issue ‘Manifestos of Intent’ to explain their intended programme and help members decide who to vote for.



Labour’s Fightback Will Be Harder Than We Can Yet Imagine

May 19th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

David Cameron may have returned to Downing Street with a thin majority, but Labour must not kid itself. Coming back from this defeat will be very hard. The road to recovery will be far tougher than the route Labour has just tried and failed to plot, argues ANDREW HARROP.



Why Labour Needs to Change

May 19th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Like many on the left, the election result came as a nasty shock to JONATHAN TIMBERS. Yet despite the desperate outlook, he believes a future Labour government is possible if the party becomes a very different kind of organisation.

Some on the left say they do not expect to see another Labour government in their lifetime. But the results were not the final nail in the coffin of a social democratic Labour Party. They were a reasonable response to a Labour leadership lost outside its heartlands, plus the most adept Tory leader since Stanley Baldwin.