Help Shape Labour’s Policy

Members of the shadow cabinet are holding a series of online policy roundtable discussions to allow party members to feed your ideas and experiences into Labour’s policy programme....

The Strange Death of Labour England

The scale of Labour’s election defeat is hard to take in, says JONATHAN TIMBERS. But it has been a long time coming and will take a long time to put right. This election defeat is not only a “disaster”, as John McDonnell correctly said, it is a body blow that might lead to the...

Baroness Chakrabarti to Give Hopper Lecture

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti will deliver the third annual Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture at Durham’s Miners’ Hall on Friday 12 July as part of Education4Action’s ‘Politics, Pits and Protest’ 10-day fringe programme leading up to the 2019 Durham Miners’ Gala....

A Centenary Commission on Adult Education

November 2019 will mark the centenary of the Ministry of Reconstruction’s final report on adult education which set the groundwork for liberal adult education in Britain for the rest of the 20th century. NIGEL TODD explains why the time is ripe to revive and re-evaluate adult education for the 21st century....

Striking for a Higher Purpose

The lecturers’ strike, affecting more than 60 Universities and more than one million students, has thrown up new challenges to an increasingly dysfunctional university system. HAZEL HEAD reports. As the lecturers’ strike by the University and College Union enters its third week, pressure is mounting on the well-heeled leaders of higher education to give ground....

Jack Lawson: A Man’s Life

Harry Barnes’s review of Jack Lawson’s autobiography, A Man’s Life, has been re-published on the North East Labour History website. Like many of his era, Lawson first became politically active through the ILP which he joined in 1904....

Re-balancing Education: Dear Labour Councillor…

BEN SELLERS wrote an angry and articulate open letter to Durham County councillors on his blog last month, following their decision to suspend plans to cut the pay of local teaching assistants. As part of our series on education, we are re-publishing his letter below, prefaced with an explanatory note from ILP chair DAVID...