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.
Venue: Finsbury Library
As part of Islington Council Libraries' 'Echoes of Hollowy Prison' series of events, Janine speaks about Minnie Lansbury, who spend six weeks in the prison as part of the successful fight against unfair rates, and who died just ten weeks after her release.
Event poster attached.
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.
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.