Black Sections in the Labour Party

Linda Bellos (l) speaking at a Black Section meeting

Linda Bellos (l) speaking at a Black Section meeting

“The Labour Party has always quietly congratulated itself as being, almost by definition, the anti-racist party. It may be true that very few Black comrades take up positions as Party activists, that fewer still are elected in the name of the Labour Party to public office and that a Black delegate to Annual Conference is still a rarity, but the reasons for this, whatever they may be, cannot be the racism of the Labour Party structures themselves. Just how true is this myth ?”

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Can you contribute to Radical Lambeth?

cropped-red-flag-over-lambeth-1985-cover1Radical Lambeth is a project to record the experiences of people in the borough from 1978-1992.

Radical Lambeth was rejecting Rate-capping and setting illegal local budgets to meet people’s needs.

Radical Lambeth are the people who fought against Margaret Thatcher’s cuts and then Neil Kinnock as he sought to challenge the control of the left in the local Labour Party.

Radical Lambeth was the site of two riots in Brixton, where local people fought back against police violence and discrimination.

Radical Lambeth is the place where LGBTQ struggles saw squats and alternative newspapers circulated.

Radical Lambeth was the ‘Loony Left’, regularly scoffed at in the tabloid press.

But what do the people of Lambeth think about their own history?

The purpose of Radical Lambeth is to chronicle the experiences and history of local people through interviews and collecting archive research.

Radical Lambeth is PhD project that will specifically examine how the left led Labour Party in the borough tried to defy both Thatcher’s policies and the party leadership as the titanic social and political struggles that wracked Britain in the 1980s played themselves out in an inner London borough.

If you were politically active in Lambeth between 1978-1992 then I would love to hear from you. In particular if you were a Labour Party member or a local councillor during that time.

Please email radical.lambeth@gmail.com to get in touch.