In the North East constituency of Wansbeck, child poverty has risen from 26% to an incredible 37% in the past five years – the consequence of Tory policies which deepen poverty rather than tackling it.
The racist abuse directed at England’s football players since last night’s match is not an anomaly – it’s the consequence of politicians and media outlets demonising them for their efforts to make this country better.
Channel 5’s new documentary about the 1984 Miners’ Strike paints Thatcher as a hero and covers up her government’s real intentions – it is just the latest establishment attack on the miners who fought back.
The fact that the Tories might win a seat like Hartlepool shows how much Labour has lost touch with its roots – the only way to win the by-election is to fight for working-class communities.
In recent months, No Holding Back has spoken to thousands of Labour activists in communities left behind by deindustrialisation. Their message is clear: the party must rebuild at its grassroots.
The Labour Together report evidences the long-term trends that were behind December’s defeat – but if the party is to recover it must take the task of re-engaging with working-class communities seriously.
It’s time for working people across Britain to come together to support movements for social justice, challenge racial and class inequalities – and fight back against the ruling elite that fosters them.
If Labour is to reconnect with working-class communities in its heartland areas, it will need to empower local members to organise on the ground – and the time to start that process is now, argues Ian Lavery.
This weekend’s revelations about the conduct of party staff in undermining the 2017 general election campaign and abusing elected representatives demand an immediate investigation, argue Jon Trickett and Ian Lavery.
Right-wing attacks won’t stop me from getting the message across to members that now is the time to organise in defence of your communities, writes Labour Party chair Ian Lavery.
The Tory government’s response to coronavirus has been characterised by a determination to protect big business interests and the system that serves them ahead of working people, argues Ian Lavery.
Today MPs Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett are launching their report ‘Northern Discomfort,’ which argues for a radical change in Labour’s approach to communities in the North of England.
Community organising is a vital part of rebuilding the Labour Party at the grassroots – but it will take time and shouldn’t be expected to produce immediate results, argues Ian Lavery.
Party chair Ian Lavery on why he’s backing Rebecca Long-Bailey to combine socialist policies with the long-term workplace, community and party organising necessary to rebuild Labour’s roots.
After decades of government neglect, Labour is promising real justice for Britain’s miners and coalfield communities with proper pensions and specialised health checks for work-related illnesses.
In 1984, Labour Party Chair Ian Lavery was an ordinary miner ready to stand with his fellow workers. What he experienced during the strike changed him forever.