Labour Party Young Socialists in Lambeth debated a special guest speaker (of the house) back in 1988…
John Bercow – today a mild mannered liberal – was a scourge of the left when he was a Tory Councillor in Lambeth in the late 1980s. A prominent member of the far right Monday Club and a Conservative Student activist when they printed their ‘Hang Nelson Mandela’ T-shirts, Bercow was more than happy to debate the left on the Poll Tax.
The meeting didn’t happen however. Before it started flour bombs and eggs rained down to such a huge degree that the whole event had to be called off. The Evening Standard ran an article the next day blasting the irresponsible LPYS members.
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It wasn’t the LPYS (meeting organisers) who pelted the tories (an obnoxious bunch of stuck up poshos) with paint, flour etc, but local anti-poll tax activists of an anarchist persuasion… the LPYS members were horrified and denounced the action… Fun was had!
Haha thanks for the clarification. Yes LPYS were a very dour bunch