100 Years of Cambridge Labour Party

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander MP will be the main speak at an event to celebrate the centenary of Cambridge Labour Party on Saturday 17 November.

A branch of the ILP was first formed in Cambridge in 1906, ILP candidate Tom Orrey, a railwayman, contested the Romsey seat in the borough council in 1911, and in 1912 the Cambridge Labour Party was founded by ILP members, Fabians, and union representatives from the railway workers, building trades, printers and shop assistants. The first Labour councillors were elected in 1919 and the town had its first Labour MP, Leslie Symonds, in 1945.Cambridge LP poster

The event in Cambridge Guildhall will also feature Frank Dobson MP, Stan Newens from Labour Heritage, plus the launch of a new history of the local party, called Camaraderie, written by Richard Johnson and Ashley Walsh. There will be a number of talks and an exhibition.

Tickets are £5 (£4 unwaged) on the door or in advance from Cambridge Labour Party, tel 01223 500515. Doors open at 1.30pm.



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