The Past and Future of Labour England

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Wednesday 19 September
9.30am-5.30pm
Anatomy Museum, King's College London, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Eight out of ten citizens in England identify strongly as English. Since Michael Foot and Tony Benn championed its radical tradition forty years ago, England has been absent from the language of Labour politics. Although devolution means England and the other nations of the UK are governed differently there has been no serious discussion of English political representation on the left. Indeed, for many in Labour’s ruling circles from Kinnock to Corbyn, Englishness is conservative, parochial and racist, out of kilter with supposedly dynamic, inclusive and multicultural Britain, and so best ignored. It’s hardly surprising that people who identify as predominantly English feel alienated from Labour.

The aim of the workshop is to initiate an intellectual project to further an inclusive, left of centre English politics. It will do so by bringing a group of scholars, political commentators and political leaders together, to think about the relationship between Labour and England in the past, present and future.

Organised in conjunction with English Labour Network, Renewal and King’s Contemporary British History by John Denham (University of Winchester) & Jon Wilson (King’s College London)

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