Eighteenth Essex Conference on Labour History

The Labour Hall, Witham

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This year’s Conference, jointly sponsored by Labour Heritage, the Essex Labour Campaign Forum and the Cambridge and South & West Essex Co-op Party Council, will be held at The Labour Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham, CM8 2EE, (adjacent to Witham railway station) from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday, 26th October, 2019.

There will be four topics:

  •     the Cuban Revolution 60 years on;
  •     German Democracy, the murders of Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, and the rise of Hitler;
  •     a film on the life of Jack Jones, former Gen Sec of the Transport & General Workers’ Union, pensioners’ campaigner and socialist;
  •     the Housing Question.

The Conference is completely open and friends, relatives and acquaintances are welcome, whatever their political affiliations. Questions and other contributions from the floor will be invited. Lunch will be provided by the Essex Labour Campaign Forum, and the cost is included in the registration fee.

The programme for the day accompanies this notice and further copies are available on request. Please send your name, address and email, with the registration fee of £10 per person to The Leys, 18 Park Hill, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0AE. (cheques payable to the Essex County Labour Party). Those who have not registered beforehand can pay at the door, but a prior booking is helpful for catering purposes.

Programme

10.30–11.00am: Conference assembles (tea and coffee available)

11.00–11.05am: Chair’s opening remarks: Charles Cochrane, Chair, Essex Labour Campaign Forum

11.05–11.50am: Sixty Years of the Cuban Revolution: Rob Miller, Director, Cuba Solidarity Campaign

11.50am–12.40pm: Democracy in Germany, Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, and the Rise of Nazism: Merilyn Moos, author and specialist in German history

12.40–1.40pm: Lunch, arranged by the Essex Labour Campaign Forum

1.40–3.10 p.m: Documentary film – The Unsung Hero: the Jack Jones Story

3.10–3.40 p.m: The Housing Question (based on the research of the late Cllr. Phillip Pennell): Chris Sumner, socialist historian

3.40–4.00pm: Questions and comments

4.00pm: Conference concludes