About sixteen years ago, my local Labour council was making cutsto services, attacking its workers’ pay and conditions, and closing my son’s nursery. I and others campaigned against these cuts. I got into an exchange of letters with the Labour whip in th+e pages of the local newspaper.
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.
Janine gave this talk at 'East End Women Take Action', an event held on 24 September 2016, organised by the East End Women's Museum.
Text of the George Lansbury Memorial Lecture, given on 16 November 2016 at Queen Mary University, London.
A guided tour round Minnie Lansbury's Bow, east London.
If you would like to arrange for me to take you on this guided walk, please email me.
Thanks to Andrew Gellert and Jen Blane for the photos.
The WSF was the organisation led by Sylvia Pankhurst, which had previously been the Workers' Suffrage Federation, and before that, the East London Federation of the Suffragettes. It had previously fought militantly, first for votes for women, and then more explicitly for votes for all, and in 1917 was advocating supporting international socialists in parliamentary elections.