The Inaugural George Lansbury Memorial Lecture
Thursday 7 November 2013 at 6.30pm
‘George Lansbury’s Legacy for the Labour Party’
By Jon Cruddas MP
George Lansbury (1859-1940) remains amongst the best-loved figures in East End history, most famous for his part in the Poplar rates rebellion in 1921. His long and varied career also included his pioneering role in the development of the Labour movement, his early support for women’s suffrage, the founding and editing of left-wing newspapers and prominence as a Christian Socialist and Pacifist. From 1932-35 he was the Leader of the Labour Party.
The George Lansbury Memorial Committee was formed in 2011 to celebrate his life, work and legacy, encourage awareness of his contribution to local and national life, and to promote contemporary reflection upon the various causes Lansbury made his own. It is therefore particularly appropriate to have Jon Cruddas as the first George Lansbury Memorial lecturer. Jon is the Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham and the party’s Policy Co-ordinator. We are delighted that someone with this position and responsibility will be reflecting on Lansbury’s legacy for the party he helped to start and shape.
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