Charles Ammon: Work, Health & Post Office Politics

Saturday 26 February 2022

Costs: Free


The life and work of inspirational Labour MP Charles Ammon will be the focus of intense discussion on Saturday 26 February in the second event of the year-long Salter Centenary Project.

Based in Southwark, south-east London, the project was set up to mark 100 years since Ada Salter became the first woman mayor in London and her husband Alfred first became an MP.

Ammon, a former postal worker, trade unionist and close friend of the Salters, was also elected to Parliament in 1922 and went on to become a minister in Clement Attlee’s post-war Labour government.

The online event will feature three speakers followed by questions and discussion. The talks will cover Ammon’s long relationship with the Salters, the trade union movement of which he was an outstanding leader in the 19th and early 20th century, and the health and welfare of the workers he represented.

Speakers include:

  • Graham Taylor, historian and author of Ada Salter: Pioneer of Ethical Socialism, on ‘Old Kent Road Charlie and Alfred Salter’
  • Norman Candy, a CWU NEC member and author of London Postal Workers – a trade union history 1839-2000, on ‘The Early Postal Trade Unions’
  • David Green, Professor of Historical Geography at King’s College London, on ‘Sickness, Health and London postal workers in the 19th century’.

The meeting will be held on Zoom from 2.30-4pm. Places are free but book your slot through Eventbrite.