Posts Tagged ‘ Environment ’

A Day for Ada

Jul 18th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, 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.



COP21: ‘1.5 We Might Survive’

Dec 18th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Global Justice Now have greeted the climate change agreement fostered by world leaders in Paris last weekend as one gutted of “any sort of equity” and weakened by a lack of legally binding instruments.



Last Chance to Book for the ILP’s Unbalanced Britain Seminar

Mar 9th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

It’s the last chance to book for the ILP’s free Unbalanced Britain seminar on ‘Work, Wages and Labour’ in Leeds this Saturday, 14 March.

The second in the ILP’s Unbalanced Britain series, this one-day workshop will explore on-going changes in the labour market and work conditions, their political and social consequences, and what is being done in response, both by campaigning groups and by the Labour Party.



Blue Labour Thinkers Gather in Nottingham

Jul 11th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Blue Labour thinkers, supporters and activists met at Nottingham University on 5 July to discuss ‘The Strength of Association: in the Family, Community and Workplace’.



ILP@120: Arthur Raistrick – The Dales’ Own Man of Peace

Sep 12th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

BARRY WINTER remembers Arthur Raistrick, the writer, geologist, pacifist, educator and ILPer who became the ‘Dalesman of the Millennium’.

Arthur Raistrick was born in 1896 into a working class family in the model industrial village of Saltaire in Yorkshire. His mother, Minnie, together with other relatives, worked at the famous Salt’s textile Mill. His father, George, was an engineer and a socialist. He was a founder member of the ILP and many well-known ILP speakers stayed at their home.



The Thorn Tree

Sep 3rd, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles

An article by ARTHUR RAISTRICK written in September 1947.
The most familiar tree on the barer limestone uplands of Yorkshire is the stunted hawthorn, gnome-like in the fantastic attitudes adopted by its trunk and branches. Unconsciously, almost, it forms the inevitable ornament or relief to our remembered picture of clints or limestone scars. It would be [...]



Life in the Lead Mines

Sep 3rd, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles

An extract from an article by ARTHUR RAISTRICK in the 1973 Yorkshire Annual.
There is now available, in increasing number, books and journals on lead mining in this country. However, an examination of this literature soon reveals that the bulk of it is concerned either with the history of mining in general, processes, the technology of [...]



Clarion House celebrates its centenary

Aug 21st, 2012 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

Cyclists, ramblers, singers and activists gathered in the foothills around Pendle, Lancashire, to celebrate the centenary of Clarion House on 11th and 12th August.

The rural tea room is the last surviving monument to a once thriving part of the Labour movement, the hundreds of Clarion societies that provided community to working people and promoted ideas of a more humane world. It is, in the words of writer Paul Salveson, “a shrine to a golden age of socialism where fellowship really was life”.



Crisis and a new economy

Feb 28th, 2012 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The present crisis shows that our economic model needs a radical re-design, according to Tim Jenkins of the New Economics Foundation, guest speaker at the latest ‘Dialogues in Politics and Culture’ event organised by the Leeds Taking Soundings group.



Summat’s going on in Leeds

Jan 11th, 2012 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Ed Carlisle is a project manager with Leeds-based charity Together for Peace and one of the organisers of the Leeds Summat Gathering which took place in November last year – strapline ‘Get Connected, Be Inspired, Join in Action for Change’.

He talked to BARRY WINTER about the aims and objectives of the initiative, the American writer John Paul Lederach, the need for progressive social movements, and the group’s plans for the future.