Labour on Labour : a one day event exploring the historical influences on today’s labour movement

Labour on Labour
at Bishopsgate Institute

Saturday 20 March 2010 • 10.00am – 4.00pm
Tickets: £15, concs £10; advance booking required

Who were the most influential individuals and organisations in the labour
movement? Who inspires the politicians and activists of today? This
unique one-day event will ask figures in today’s labour movement to describe
the people or groups who inspired them in their beliefs and decision to lead a
career in politics.

• Diane Abbott (Labour MP) on Rosa Luxemburg and women in revolutionary
• George Galloway (Respect MP) on George Lansbury
• Stan Newens (ex-Labour MP and MEP) on Robert Owen
• Harpal Brar (CPGB-ML) on Lenin

Additional events:
• Exhibitions of archives and historical material from Bishopsgate Library
relating to the labour movement
• Bishopsgate Library Tour

Please note that lunch will not be provided.
Please download the booking form available at http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/events

4 Responses to “Labour on Labour : a one day event exploring the historical influences on today’s labour movement”

  1. 10 February 2010 at 10:07 pm

    What qualifies Diane Abbott to speak on Rosa Luxemburg? Or “revolutionary politics” for that matter? If Luxemburg is her heroine, it will certainly be a surprise to hear how she squares that with some of her recent political decisions (it would be all too obvious to mention private education).

    • 12 February 2010 at 10:59 pm

      Do we think that Labour are hoping to shore up their vote in the coming election by trying to convince lefty types that they still have some credentials in the movement? (See also Miliband at the ‘Progressive London’ conference. Sick.)

      Maybe Diane Abbott talking about Rosa Luxemburg is supposed to make us forget about 1.5 million Iraqis and no-one knows how many Afghans dead. Not to mention British backing for the ongoing genocide in Palestine. And then there’s Yugoslavia, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Congo … such a long list and so much blood to expunge. Rosa Luxemburg would be turning in her grave.

  2. 3 Lavinia Blossom
    16 February 2010 at 10:40 am

    Almost fell off my chair when I read that Diane Abbott was going to talk on Rosa Luxemburg. (I was surprised she’d heard of her), but simply because it’s so unexpected the whole line up looks good Harpal Brar on Lenin and George Galloway on George Lansbury are bound to be entertaining as well as useful, (both Brar and Galloway really know how to mix wit with their politics)
    I have never heard Stan Newens speak and Robert Owen is not a favourite of mine, still I expect he may well tell me something I don’t know, but Dianne Abbott on Rosa Luxemburg, that must surely be a sight for sore eyes!

  3. 10 March 2010 at 1:14 am

    Yes indeed – looking forward to Abbott’s attempt to square the circle! FOr Brar on other things, have a look here:

    Capitalism can’t save the planet!

    What does the USSR mean to our generation?

    Celebrate the 91st Anniversary of the Great Socialist October Revolution:

    Why did the USSR Collapse?

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