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.
Demonstration by the Lambeth Workers Joint Trade Unions
Ted Knight, Leader of the council from 1978-1986
Tony Mulhearn (l) Ted Knight (c) and Derek Hatton (r). Mulhearn and Hatton were surcharged councillors in Liverpool and supporters of Militant Tendency
The Lambeth surcharged councillors, photo courtesy of Noel Hannon
During the Miners Strike many miners came to Lambeth to speak at meetings and raise money. They joined the protests against rate capping in 1985.
Ted Knight marching with trade unionists, 1985
Anna Tapsell from Lambeth NALGO, behind her Ken Livingstone and Ted Knight
Ted Knight in the council chamber
As other councils set rates, demonstrations of workers and local residents outside vent their anger
John McDonnell comes to Lambeth
Support for the rate capping struggle, Oval Cricket ground, 1985
Dennis Skinner speaking in Lambeth Town Hall, 1985
Trade Unionists unveil a banner outside the Town Hall when it is occupied in support of the Labour councillors
Janet Boateng, Lambeth Councillor who fought rate capping
Kathy Connelly, Labour councillor who opposed the setting a rate
Lambeth and Liverpool councillors outside the High Court