Corby Black Lives Matter Protest


Today in Corby hundreds gathered in James Ashworth VC Square outside the Corby Cube in Northamptonshire to attend what was a peaceful and powerful “Black Lives Matter” protest. It was a family affair, with many people angry at the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police in Minnesota in the US, chanting “No Justice, No Peace” and “Black Lives Matter” or the dying words of George Floyd “I can’t breathe” across Corby town. They turned out to show their support and the worldwide call for equality and an end of the disproportionate number of “stop and … Continue reading Corby Black Lives Matter Protest

Byrne wins West Midlands – LabourList Update


The race is over. No, not the big one you’ve been waiting for – there’s still over eight weeks to go in the Labour leadership race. But Liam Byrne has won the contest to be Labour’s candidate in the West Midlands metro mayoral election, which will take place in May this year. The MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill won the process after second preferences were taken into account. But the candidate received nearly enough first preferences alone, taking 45% of the vote in the first round, with Pete Lowe receiving 29% as Salma Yaqoob took third place with 26%. Byrne … Continue reading Byrne wins West Midlands – LabourList Update

The importance of the “Windrush Generation” to Britain


The Conservative government is facing a possible backlash and vote of no confidence from its voters in the coming elections over its treatment of migrants and their children who historically came to that Britain from the Caribbean in the 1940s … Continue reading The importance of the “Windrush Generation” to Britain

Una Cooze activist and secretary


This is Una Cooze, (b. 1929 – d. 2001) a woman I had the pleasure of meeting and working closely with when she helped me assist Ken Livingstone MP as my Constituency MP during 1991-1992 when his own secretary was on maternity leave. Una was the constituency secretary for Michael Foot for many years dealing with the correspondence on behalf of both MPs — writing to local authorities, government departments such as the home office, foreign office, department for work and pensions (the benefits agency as it was then known) and always writing diligently to each and every constituent that … Continue reading Una Cooze activist and secretary