Minnie Lansbury and the Poplar revolt

My political hero! Minnie Lansbury (nee Glassman) 1889-1922 was the child of Polish Jewish immigrants, who in her short life in the East End of London was a school teacher, suffragette, campaigner for the victims of war, and rebel councillor. She died aged only 32, weakened by a six-week prison spell as one of thirty councillors who refused to collect excessive rates in the impoverished London borough of Poplar.

Socialist-feminist reading group: Minnie Lansbury:

31/03/2019 - 14:00

Venue: Effra Social, 89 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF

Come to our next meeting of our monthly socialist feminist reading group, hosted by Workers' Liberty members - open to all!

We'll be reading chapter 6 of Janine Booth's new book 'Minnie Lansbury: Suffragette, Socialist, Rebel Councillor', and will be joined by Janine for the discussion!

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.

Loose Muse

10/07/2019 - 19:30

Join Janine and other featured writers at LOOSE MUSE – London’s Premiere Women’s Writers Night.

On this occasion, Janine will be speaking mainly about her book, 'Minnie Lansbury - suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor'.

Venue: The Sun Pub, 21 Drury Lane (on the corner of Betterton Street), London WC2B 5RH – 8.00 p.m. – doors open from 7.30 pm. £6/£5 concessions.

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.

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