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Minnie Lansbury at the Nottingham Women's History Group

06/04/2019 - 14:00

Janine will be giving an illustrated talk about the life of Minnie Lansbury.

Venue: International Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FN

This is a members-only event, although it is free to join the Nottingham Women's History Group!

A donation of £3 from attendees will help towards refreshments and costs.

Signed copies of 'Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor' will be on sale.

A Heroine of our Movement

Ian Townson reviews 'Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor' in Solidarity 491, 16 January 2019

 

Minnie Lansbury was one of the rebel Labour councillors of Poplar (East London) who in 1921 forced the Tory¬Liberal coalition government to start central government payments to equalise resources between councils in poor and in well¬off areas.

Janine Booth’s biography of Lansbury is rich in detail about her life; working¬class conditions at the time; and much more. It is a solid achievement given the scarcity of material available on Lansbury to work on.

31 January 1919: Reading the Riot Act

Battle of George Square, 1919

An historical anecdote from the Clydeside General Strike of 1919 (pictured)

 

In George Square in Glasgow
in Nineteen-nineteen
Sixty thousand red rebels
are striking a scene

The sheriff takes stage
to proclaim the King's words
Required by the Riot Act
order: Disperse!

By Royal decree
clear the square in an hour
On pain of a pounding
of military power

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