Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Whoopi Goldberg: Speaking up for Working Families

Whoopi Goldberg:

Supporters the New York Working Families Party

Friday, October 24, 2014

"HMS Black Prince" - The Thames Dreadnought

The first modern Dreadnought built on the Thames was in 1903

It gave its name to the Greenwich "Dreadnought seaman's" Hospital and Sylvia Pankhurst chose it as the name of her journal for the East London Federation

One trade unionist involved in the construction of the first Thames Dreadnought was Ernest "Ernie" W Cant, he recalled the  successful campaign to stop wages being cut at  the Thames Iron Works, in 1905, after the workers had completed the first "Dreadnought" battle ship  "The Black Prince" (started in 1903 and completed late 1904) at Blackwall the other yard was at Canning Town. After its completion the Admiralty demanded that if the yards were to get more work, the workers pay had to be cut to that of those on the Tyneside shipbuilders. The campaign against wage cuts was led by Will Thorne and Jack Jones (SDF MP for Silvertown). 

The Black Prince was launched on 8 November 1904 and sunk during the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 with the loss of her entire crew of  857.

The Thames Iron Works shipyard closed in 1911, but the works football team lived on however, when its players formed the basis for the new West Ham United team

The Thames Shipyards in 1902 and then 1910

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Franc Tireurs et Partisans (FTP) - À chacun son boche

À chacun son boche

Franc Tireurs et Partisans
"The vanguard of the Fighting French on the soil of the Fatherland"

Saturday, April 12, 2014

British Socialist Party 1914 Labour Affiliation

British Socialist Party 3rd Annual Conference
London -  13th April 1914

Chairman J. Stokes, London Trades Council

Mr Henry M. Hyndman was quoted as stating he

"now regretted that the Social Demomractic Federation, which had merged into the British Socialist Party had left the Labour Party years ago.

Their doing so had abandoned that party to the partisans of compromise and intrigue with the Liberals.

If the British Socialist Party now went into closer touch with the organised working class of this country, and thereby greatly increase its influence over them, they would go with the red flag flying"

Resolution on basic BSP principles
Moved by Henry Hyndman
Seconded Len Quelch

1) That a national system of free transport by rail and motor road should be set on foot forthwith

2) That the right of the nation to reclaim possession of its own land should be declared and acted upon

3) The cooperative production of land and in factories under the control  of the community and local council be commenced at an early date, beginning with the organisation of unemployed labour the goods so produced being commonly distributed among the producers and thrown upon the competitive market for commodities

4) the destruction of the slums in our great cities be commenced immediately, the families of children to be displaced being provided with healthy homes in the country and taught agriculture in addition to their ordinary trades

The venue for the 1915 conference was put the the vote on a choice between Southampton, Cardiff, and Leeds - Leeds was successful.

Those in attendance included 
John Maclean (Pollokshaw), Dan Irving,  Lees (Lancashire) Peter Petroff (Kentish Town)

 Source Glasgow Herald  14 April 1914

1914 London Building Workers Lock-Out

Early in 1914 London was gripped by a Lock-out of 30,000 Building workers, They were locked out by their employers federation "The Grand Master Builders Federation" because of a series of strikes for better pay the workers had undertaken in 1912-13 and the workers growing refusal to work with non union workers.

A large crowd of building labourers carrying a banner of the Builders & General Labourers Union attended the laying of the foundation stone of St Mark Church, Bathurst Gardens, Kensal Rise, Harlesden by Lady Hilda Mosley on Saturday afternoon. 

Lady Mosley was booed and hooted by the building workers and the crowd sang the "Red Flag"

The dispute building workers remained solid and the dispute was not settled at the outbreak of the War in August 1914

Glasgow Herald 27 April 1914

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Surrey County Council 1946 - Labour

James Chuter Ede was born in Epsom in 1882 he went on to be a teacher and active in the Nutional Union of Teachers. As a Liberal he was elected to Epsom Urban District Council in 1914 and appointed to Surrey County Council. 

His experiences during the Great War turned him towards socialism and he stood as Labour candidate for Epsom in 1918. He was elected as Labour MP for Mitcham in a by-election in Mitcham in March 1923 but lost the seat at the General election. He later became MP for South shields and a Labour Cabinet Minister.

His wife Lillian Williams was born in Plymouth and was a Surrey County Council Councillor 1928-1937

James Chuter Ede is probably therefore one of the first Labour candidates in Surrey and certainly the first Labour MP elected in Surrey.

Click to enlarge pictures

Hillingdon Labour Herald 1977

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Workers Travel Association

The Workers Travel association was established in 1921 by Trade unions and the Co-operative Movement to offer organised, affordable overseas travel to working class people


Arthur Creech Jones
(15 May 1891 – 23 October 1964)

Jones helped establish the WTA, In 1913, Jones helped to found the Camberwell Trades and Labour Council, and later became honorary Secretary of the Dulwich branch of the Independent Labour Party. Jones was involved with the ILP London wide after the outbreak of war; he had become a pacifist and organised anti- conscription meetings when conscription was introduced in 1916.

Heathrow Air Traffic Control

Chris Rogers CPSA rep at Air Traffic Control (Heathrow) and Mark Serwotka CPSA (now PCS) and GMB General Secretary John Edmonds

Miners Strike - Hayes Middx - Kent NUM

Les Sweeting was the key Kent NUM liason person for picketing aWest Drayton coal yard

Heart of the matter - Kent Miners TV programme

Labour Women's Section Banner - Spennymoor and Gillingham

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Hillingdon Ambulance Station - Lock-Out 1989-90

Daily Herald Brass Band Championship 1946


Fairey Aviation Brass Band
(winners 1945)
Barrow & Rastrick Band
Hanwell Silver Band
Munn & Felton's Works Band
North Seaton Workmen's Prize Band
Parc & Dare Workmen's band
Parkhead Forge Silver Band

Daily Herald Area Championship Bands 1946

Dr Malcolm Sargent


Eileen Joyce
Gwen Catley
Harry Mortimer

Grand Festival Concert
Royal Albert hall 19th October 1946

Announcer Frank Phillips

From the Programme

"Brass bands today are a living force, and their cultural value is of the utmost importance. They render a priceless service to the community from which they spring and which they serve. long may they flourish to bring delight and inspiration to the people of Britain "

Daily Herald Winners 1946

1 Brighouse & Rastrick
2 Fairey Aviation
3 Munn & Felton's
4 Hanwell