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
A pamphlet produced by Lambeth Council in 1986 in defence of the 32 surcharged Labour councillors.
Featuring an introduction by David Blunkett, head of Sheffield Council.
You can download the PDF below
The case for Lambeth councillors
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.”
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Ted Knight, Leader of Lambeth Council, interviewed by Joan Twelves,-Secretary of Vauxhall CLP, after Lambeth had set a rate on July 3rd.
London Labour Briefing, No. 52, August 1985
Continue reading “Lambeth 31 defiant – Interview with Ted Knight (August 1985)”
By Ted Knight
London Labour Briefing, No. 25, December 1982
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Video from The London Programme, made on the eve of the Lambeth councillors verdict in the High Court where they were surcharged.