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.

Can you contribute to Radical Lambeth?

cropped-red-flag-over-lambeth-1985-cover1Radical Lambeth is a project to record the experiences of people in the borough from 1978-1992.

Radical Lambeth was rejecting Rate-capping and setting illegal local budgets to meet people’s needs.

Radical Lambeth are the people who fought against Margaret Thatcher’s cuts and then Neil Kinnock as he sought to┬áchallenge the control of the left in┬áthe local Labour Party.

Radical Lambeth was the site of two riots in Brixton, where local people fought back against police violence and discrimination.

Radical Lambeth is the place which had a massive squatting community and an LGBTQ scene.

Radical Lambeth was the ‘Loony Left’, regularly scoffed at in the tabloid press.

But what do the people of Lambeth think about their own history?

The purpose of Radical Lambeth is to chronicle the experiences and history of local people through interviews and collecting archive research.

Radical Lambeth is local history project that will tell the tale of a local community, the politicians and the trade unions and how titanic struggle that wracked Britain in the 1980s played themselves out in an inner London borough.

If you were living in, working in or politically active in Lambeth between 1978-1992 then I would love to hear from you.

Please email radical.lambeth@gmail.com to get in touch.