Posts Tagged ‘ Working class ’

Jayaben Desai and the ILP Tradition

Aug 30th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Saturday 20 August 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the day when Jayaben Desai walked out of the Grunwick photo-developing company in London, igniting a strike which drew support from thousands. GRAHAM TAYLOR remembers the woman whose dignity in dispute recalled the ethical traditions of the ILP.

For Jayaben Desai, the Grunwick strike was about low pay, compulsory overtime, trade union recognition and the inferior social status of women and immigrants – but it was also about human dignity. Tired of being humiliated, she said: “I want my freedom.”



Celebrating Radical Women

Aug 3rd, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The battles and achievements of working-class women in the drive to achieve a fairer and more balanced society will be celebrated in a one-day conference at the Working Class Movement Library on Saturday 17 September.



The Left, the ILP and the Corbyn Leadership

Mar 12th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

JONATHAN TIMBERS wants to kickstart the left (and the ILP) into discussing the major challenges facing Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. We all have responsibility to come up with some answers.



Salters Play to Tour London

Mar 12th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, News

Politic Man, Alison Mead’s play about pioneering ILPers Ada and Alf Salter, is all set to go ahead with performances lined up at venues across London in May and June.



Ada Salter: Pioneer of Ethical Socialism

Feb 8th, 2016 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Graham Taylor’s fine biography of Ada Salter provides a vivid account of the ILP’s ethical socialism as she lived it, says BARRY WINTER.

Ada Salter’s hands-on approach to making the world a better place is told with clarity and passion in Graham Taylor’s new biography of the pioneering ILPer. Moreover, Ada’s busy life is explored without subordinating her to her husband, Alfred Salter, who became MP for West Bermondsey (1922 and 1924-45). Indeed, having become a Quaker herself she converted him, for theirs was a creative partnership, personally and politically.



Wonder Women at WCML

Jan 6th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Glasgow rent strike leader and pioneering ILPer Mary Barbour will be celebrated at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford on International Women’s Day as part of Manchester’s ‘Wonder Women’ feminist festival this March.



New Pamphlet: Homage to Tom Maguire

Jan 3rd, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead, News

The ILP have re-published EP Thompson’s celebrated 1960 pamphlet on Leeds ILPer, poet, propagandist and photographer Tom Maguire with a new introduction by Labour historian David Howell and an additional profile by former Labour MP, John Battle.

Maguire was, according to Howell’s introduction, “the personification of the marginalised”, a radical organiser who played a vital role in the Leeds gas strike of 1890 but died in poverty five years later at the tragically young age of 29.



Living for That Better Day

Jan 3rd, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Keir Hardie dedicated himself to ‘constant agitation’ and left a singular political legacy in the form of the Labour Party. David Connolly reviews What Would Keir Hardie Say?, a book of essays published last September to coincide with the centenary of Hardie’s death.

Keir Hardie is an iconic figure in the history of the Labour Party. He was a political visionary and an outstanding organiser, a socialist radical who recognised the need to build a bridge to the wider working class even if that meant some compromises along the way, most notably in the broad nature of the Labour alliance itself.



Debating Labour: It’s History and Future

Dec 14th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

‘Where’s it been? Where’s it going?’ are the questions being addressed at a series of day schools on the Labour Party starting in Yorkshire next month.



John McNair’s Spanish Diary

Nov 29th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, John McNair became the ILP’s representative in Barcelona, channelling money and medical supplies to support the republican cause and liaising with the ILP contingent which fought alongside the POUM militia.

McNair’s graphic account of the war was reprinted in the ILP’s Socialist Leader in 1974 and later republished as a pamphlet by the ILP’s Greater Manchester branch. At the time it was sold for 40p, but we are pleased to be able to make it available here for free. Almost eight decades after it was first written, John McNair’s Spanish Diary remains a compelling read.