This fascinating event will explore the origins of Labour’s dominance in County Durham, what sustained it and the current state of play. It will also look at how Labour built a local social democracy that improved conditions for working class people and ensured their support for generations.
Rachel Reeves is Labour MP for Leeds West and former Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions. Her book, Alice in Westminster, is the political life of Alice Bacon, one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable female politicians. A primary-school teacher born into the Yorkshire coal industry, she defied the odds to be elected the first woman MP for Leeds and a reforming Minister of State.
John Tomaney is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. He is a regular commentator in the UK media on matters of local and regional development. Durham Book Festival has commissioned John to write a piece on Labour’s history in the North East, for this event.
Chaired by Michael Chaplin
Sunday 8 October,
Palace Green Library