Photo Gallery: Rate capping dispute 1984-86

Many of these photos are taken from the pamphlet “He was only the District Auditor, but…” ¬†which was published in 1986 to raise money to pay for the fines imposed on 31 Lambeth councillors who defied rate capping the year before.

The photos from the pamphlet were taken by NALGO member Dave Stewart.

Black Sections in the Labour Party

Linda Bellos (l) speaking at a Black Section meeting
Linda Bellos (l) speaking at a Black Section meeting

“The Labour Party has always quietly congratulated itself as being, almost by definition, the anti-racist party. It may be true that very few Black comrades take up positions as Party activists, that fewer still are elected in the name of the Labour Party to public office and that a Black delegate to Annual Conference is still a rarity, but the reasons for this, whatever they may be, cannot be the racism of the Labour Party structures themselves. Just how true is this myth ?”

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Video: Councils for the Defence – 1986

This 20 minute long documentary was made by Yvette Vanson, director of the Battle of Orgreave, in 1986. It explains why Lambeth Council resisted the moves by the Thatcher government to cap their local rates which would have meant millions of pounds worth of cuts in service provision.

Features interviews with local people, councillors and trade union activists.