News from the Respect group on Tower Hamlets Council
Respect Party MP George Galloway will join Ken Livingstone, Professor Tariq Ramadan, Anas Altikriti of the British Muslim Initiative and a wide range of leading writers, commentators, campaigners and politicians at a conference to discuss the Progressive Agenda to Stop the Right in 2010.
The conference on 30 January in London will bring together leading figures to discuss the most important issues for progressive politics in 2010, nationally, internationally and in London.
Sessions include: “Peace in the Middle East, justice for Palestinians”, “One society, many cultures” and “Stopping the BNP – no concessions to the far right”.
Other discussions will include investment not cuts, culture, climate change, and defending public services such as education.
The latest speaker line up includes:
Ken Livingstone; Jenny Jones AM – Green Party; Speech Debelle; Mike Tuffrey – Leader, London Assembly Liberal Democrats; Sadiq Khan MP, Minister of State for Transport; Eugenie Harvey – Director of 10:10; Johann Hari, writer; Doreen Lawrence; Rowenna Davis; Mehdi Hasan – Senior Editor (Politics), New Statesman; Richard Gott – writer, Darren Johnson AM – Green Party; Serge Lourie – Leader LB Richmond Upon Thames, Lib Dem; Kate Hudson – Chair, CND; Professor Tariq Ramadan, Edie Friedman – JCORE Linda Perks – Regional Secretary, Unison; Diane Abbott MP; Dr Abdul Bari – MCB; Tessa Jowell MP, Minister for London; Nizam Uddin – President of ULU; Chris McLaughlin – Editor, Tribune; Lutfur Rahman – Leader LB Tower Hamlets; Adam Bienkov – London political blogger; Jon Trickett MP; Megan Dobney – Regional Secretary, SERTUC; Sunny Hundal – Liberal Conspiracy; Bell Ribeiro-Addy – NUS Black Students Officer; Len Duvall AM; Mick Shaw – President FBU; George Galloway MP; Helen Gardner – Boriswatch.co.uk; Steve Hart – Unite regional secretary; Chris McClaughlin – Editor – Tribune; Wilf Sullivan – TUC Race Equality Officer; Val Shawcross AM; Andy Newman – Socialist Unity; Ann Pettifor; Professor Avi Shlaim, Samuel Moncada – Venezuelan Ambassador; Bruce Kent – Vice President CND; Neal Lawson – Compass; Kevin Maguire – The Mirror; James Macintyre – Political Correspondent, New Statesman; Jon Cruddas MP; Daf Adley – NUS LGBT Officer; Simon Birkett – Clean Air Campaign; Karen Buck MP; Uprise speaker; Martin Hoscik – editor MayorWatch; Alex Smith – Labourlist; Cllr Stephen Cowan – Labour group leader, Hammersmith and Fulham; Anni Marjoram; Anas Altikriti – British Muslim Initiative; Claude Moraes MEP; Sam Tarry; Tom Barry – Boriswatch.co.uk; Richard Ascough – GMB; Simon Weller – ASLEF.
Conference sessions include:
Investment not cuts; Trident, Afghanistan, Iraq – the cost of war; Challenging Cameron’s media echo chamber; Stopping the BNP – no concessions to the far right; After Copenhagen – turning the tide on climate change; PR – progress through electoral reform?; Young people and the economic crisis; One society, many cultures; Blogging London; International fight against the right; Capitalwoman; Lessons from Latin America; Why the Tories are not progressive; Peace in the Middle East, justice for Palestinians; Sessions on a progressive agenda for London – affordable housing, transport, culture and many more.
Announcing the conference Ken Livingstone said:
“Progressive political forces must seize back the agenda by offering policies that ensure that the majority of people are not made to pay for a crisis they did not create.
The Progressive London conference will look at how we resist cuts to public services, pensions and pay that would hamper economic revival, work together to continue to achieve social progress, take radical steps to protect the planet from climate change and halt the BNP in its tracks by ending the self-defeating cycle of concessions to the far right. “
A progressive agenda to stop the right in 2010
Saturday 30 January
10am–5.30pm Registration from 9am
Congress House, Great Russell St
London WC1 (nearest tube Tottenham Court Road)
To register for the event, click here.