‘The Keir Hardie Factor’ at the Edinburgh Festival tomorrow (Thursday 27 August) is the first in a series of events being held across the country over the next month to mark the centenary of the Labour Party founder’s death on 26 September 1915.
The Edinburgh event will be followed by a discussion with writer Melissa Benn and Labour MP Keir Starmer, at London’s National Portrait Gallery on 3 September, called ‘What Would Keir Hardie Say?’; the Keir Hardie Centenary Conference at the Working Class Movement Library on 26 September; and the launch of a new book of essays on Keir Hardie at Labour Party conference in Brighton on 27 September, with Jeremy Corbyn.
‘The Keir Hardie Factor’ will look at the future of the Labour Party by revisiting its roots, asking ‘What is to be done to ensure its continued identification with socially progressive ideas?’ Speakers include Pauline Bryan and Richard Leonard of the Keir Hardie Society, plus former first minister of Scotland Henry McLeish. Tickets cost £5. More details here.
‘What Would Keir Hardie Say?’ is organised to coincide with the National Portrait Gallery’s current display on Hardie, called ‘Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist’, which runs until December.