Labour Party history

Tony Benn, 1925-2014

Author: 
Sean Matgamna

(The author worked with Benn and others to set up the Rank and File Mobilising Committee, which for a while united most of the Labour Party left, at the start of the 1980s.)

The first thing that should be said and remembered about Tony Benn, who died on Friday 14 March, is that for over four decades he backed, defended, and championed workers in conflict with their bosses or with the "boss of bosses", the government.

How could Thatcher have been beaten? (Workers' Liberty London Forum)

Date: 
24 April, 2013 - 19:00 - 21:00
Location: 

University of London Union (ULU), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY

Description: 

Speaker: John Bloxam

Facebook event here.

Margaret Thatcher, one of the British ruling class's greatest ever fighters, died on Monday 8 April.

Widely reviled for policies that inflicted misery on working-class people at home and abroad, she reshaped British society in the interests of capital and, by breaking the power of organised labour, established a political consensus that remains dominant today.

But her victory wasn't inevitable. If, for example, the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers (NACODS) had joined the National Union of Mineworkers on strike in 1984-85, the miners' strike could have ended very differently. And if the Labour Party and the TUC could have been forced into mobilising real support for the miners, the entire government would have been threatened.

Those key turning points are often less well-known than the outcome of the big struggles. We discuss the moments at which Thatcher could have beaten, why she wasn't, and what they tell us about the kind of movement we need to win.

Downloadable/copyable leaflet below.

Newcastle Workers' Liberty public meeting: Guilty and Proud of it! Poplars Rebel Councillors (with Janine Booth)

Date: 
5 October, 2011 - 21:00 - 23:00
Location: 

The Settle Down Cafe, Thornton Street, NE1 4AW (5 mins from Central Station)

Description: 

Janine Booth (Worker Liberty and RMT activist) will introduce the story of Poplar Rebel Councillors and Guardians (and you'll be able to buy a copy of the book as well)
The meeting will include projection with photos of the events, Settle Down Cafe will also we serving drinks, cakes, food and the like. The venue is on ground floor with one or two steps.
In the aftermath of the First World War, thirty Labour councillors went to prison rather than accepting inequitable taxes.
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With unemployment rising in 1921 in Bow, Limehouse, Millwall and Old Ford, Poplar Borough Council could not help provide relief drawing only on the limited wealth of one poor London borough.
Poplar councillors, including future labour leader George Lansbury, demanded that rates from richer areas should help.
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Workers Liberty North East, will be holding monthly public meetings from now on. Contact us newcastle@workersliberty.org if you want to be on our mailing list, and we will keep you informed

Julia Scurr: a fighter for every poor woman

Author: 
Jill Mountford

Poverty and all its associated miseries can crush and starve the human spirit, but it can also be the kindle that starts raging fires in individuals and movements. Julia Scurr (née O’Sullivan) was born into, grew up with, and lived with poverty and all the miseries it lavishly spreads so freely; but crush and starve her it did not.