Council leader Ted Knight, Tony Benn MP and Jeremy Corbyn MP, speaking at a rally during the miners’ strike, held at Brixton Town Hall, 1985

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Solidarity with the miners rally 1985

Booklet: He was only the District Auditor, but…

When they were surcharged in 1985 and forced to pay £126,947 between them the 31 Lambeth Councillors launched a huge fundraising campaign to cover both the surcharge and the court case for their appealed.

This pamphlet, with photos provided mainly by Lambeth NALGO member Dave Stewart, covers some of the key events, protests and personalities of the dispute.

Includes a foreword by Tony Benn MP; “The Lambeth Councillors have, of course,
committed no crime, unless it is a crime to look after the old and the sick, the disabled and the unemployed, the homeless and communities who are suffering so much under the Tories… We are all proud of them because they kept faith with their own people, with the party and with their principles and no-one can do more than that.”

To view the PDF click here

Photos from Local Government in Revolt with John McDonnell, Ted Knight and Hazel Smith – 30th anniversary of the rate capping struggle

On 5 July 2016 Lambeth Libraries organised a sold out event in Clapham to discuss the local history of the rate capping dispute in the mid 1980s. Continue reading “Photos from Local Government in Revolt with John McDonnell, Ted Knight and Hazel Smith – 30th anniversary of the rate capping struggle”