When Kate Hoey came to Vauxhall

Kate Hoey’s parachuting into Vauxhall by Neil Kinnock sent shock waves through the local party. They had wanted a black candidate but the most likely ones to win were considered too left wing by Labour’s leadership so Hoey, a Kinnock loyalist, was imposed as a candidate with a “like it or lump it” note from Labour HQ.

Qucik background, the previous Vauxhall MP had been Stuart Holland, the chief theoretician of the Alternative Economic Strategy that formed the bedrock of Bennism and the Labour left in the 1970s and 80s. He quite being an MP in 1989 to go into academia, leaving a vacancy in Vauxhall, one of the safest Labour seats in the country.

This is an exert from Radical Lambeth about what happened next…

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“Nicaragua House” – 121 Tyers street

In the late 1980s a man called Ron Tod fixed up a dilapidated old house in Vauxhall with the view to selling it and sending all the money to Bluefields in Nicaragua.

You can download the brochure for the house when it was completed here 121 Tyers street brochure

Below is some of the media coverage about the house, and this article sums up why Tod did it and all the help he got to make it happen.

The house was eventually sold and the money use to fund building projects in Bluefield’s on the Atlantic Coast.

John Todd article Independent May 1990
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John Todd 121 Tyers Street Tatler article 1990



Red Clerk [CPSA trade unionist magazine]

These are some copies of Red Clerk, a rank and file magazine forĀ Civil and Public Services Association (CPSA) activists that was based out of the Brixton/Oval job centres.

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Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners at Lambeth Town Hall (1985)

Ray Goodspeed recounts the fundriasing meeting held at Lambeth Town Hall in support of the Miners’ strike
“Look at me in my dapper 1980s style chairing a very successful LGSM public meeting in Lambeth Town Hall in January 1985, with Stuart Holland, the left Labour MP for Vauxhall, and Ali Thomas, a miner from Dulais. I said when introducing the meeting – and I absolutely meant it – that I had never been so proud to be gay or so proud to be working class as I was at that time. Solidarity!”
From Capital Gay 25th January 1985