Kevin Ovenden on Podemos and Syriza (16th Feb)

Greece – Spain – The dominos fall

Kevin Ovenden

Author and commentator on Greece

And a  speaker from Podemos

Monday 16th February 7 pm

The Tetley

Leeds centre near the Aldephi

All welcome

Organized by Leeds Left unity North and East and Podemos

More information email Garth Frankland at

Join with the ILP at Unbalanced Britain (14 March)


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Independent Labour Publications invites you to:

Unbalanced Britain: Work, Wages and Labour

A one day seminar, Leeds, Saturday 14th March 2015

Since the crash of 2008 the dominance of corporate elites has remained largely unchanged and unchallenged. Instead we have seen ever-increasing pressure on wages and conditions of work, zero hours contracts and cuts to in-work benefits. Over 5 million workers in the UK are paid less than the living wage. Yet such attacks have been met with new forms of resistance, the campaigns for a living wage foremost among them.

This seminar will explore the on-going changes in the labour market and work conditions, their political and social consequences and what is being done in response, both by campaigning groups and by the Labour Party.

no to zero hours

About the speakers

Jane Wills is Professor of Human Geography at Queen Mary University London specialising in the political economy of work, employment and labour and new forms of urban political alliances such as community organising. She is co-author of Global Cities at Work: New migrant divisions of labour (2010, Pluto Press).

Harry Barnes is former Labour MP for North-East Derbyshire and author of the blog threescoreyearsandten. His recent work has focused on scrutinising the emerging Labour policy platform.



The seminar takes place at the Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University, room 412. The Rose Bowl provides a modern venue with easy access for travel by train and car. Rose Bowl, Portland Crescent, Leeds, LS1 3HB

The event is free but you do need to register in advance, deadline March 7th. Please contact us at:; 07799 502 937

CND Fundraiser – the best time of your life (18 Feb)

This will not only be the best gig you attend in 2015 but the greatest gig you have ever been to in your life. Why read about it in the bourgeois press the next day when you can actually be there and see history unfold before your eyes?We will be seeing Mush’s new line up for the first time – their sound will be augmented by alcohol and their attendance at the Jesus and Mary Chain gig on the preceding night. It is likely that their set will be interrupted by a marauding Ian Duncan Smith high on crystal meth.

Maggie8 will be sticking it to the man by levitating Leeds Civic Hall. They will do this by channelling the collective spirits of the 1912 F.A. Cup final winning team of Barnsley F.C. Expect a bare knuckle boxing match mid-set as Matt Flint takes things up a notch.

Confused Objectives are back from their world tour. The Objectives are the original inventors of punk and their music shakes the ruling class to its very foundations. Make sure you bring your best fighting gear because you should expect the riot police (and probably the army) to be turning up. (Please note we cannot guarantee the safety of ‘lifestyle punks’ or ‘fancy dress punks’ at this event).

The ceremony will be overseen by BAFTA award winning national celebrity Sean Morley. He will be delivering a sermon about the revolutionary ideas of President Jimmy Carter and breathing fire through a small tube.

ALL THIS FOR ONLY £3.00!!! – all profits will go to Yorkshire CND. Bring everyone you know and get them to bring everyone they know etc. See you down on the barricades…. Or at The Fenton

Where: the best and biggest venue in Leeds: The Fenton,
When: 1930 (you’ll be home in time for the news) Wed 19 Feb 2015
Social media link so you can make this go viral: click here 

Christine Blower, NUT Gen Sec, in conversation, 4 March

As part of their Carnegie Conversations series, Leeds Beckett Uni is hosting an event with Christine Blower, the General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers on Wednesday 4th March at 1730.  Christine’s topic is ‘Standing Up for Education’.  Full information and ticket booking is here 

Podemos in Perspective – Manchester (18 Jan)

Circulo Podemos Manchester

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Podemos IN PERSPECTIVE brings politics to everyone

Podemos Manchester brings the latest Iciar Bollain’s film and opens up a debate about Spanish emigration to everyone

On Sunday 18th January 2015 from 11.30am until 6pm, the “Circulo Podemos Manchester” will host a full day international event “Podemos IN PERSPECTIVE” at the Manchester Conference Centre in Pendulum Hotel (78 Sackville Street, M1 3BB Manchester, UK)

Podemos, an anti-austerity political party formed a year ago in Spain, won 1.2m votes and five seats in May’s European elections and is currently leading in the opinion polls – ahead of the two established parties – with the country’s general elections less than a year away.

In several cities across the UK, Spanish migrants who left the country following the economic crisis have formed groups – called “Circulos” – in support of the party which promises to “work to build a country they can return to.”

This event will bring together local social activists, as well as representatives of political parties in the UK and Europe with similar aims to Podemos, such as Greece’s Syriza. These groups will take part in an open discussion about current affairs and the socio-economic reasons behind growing Spanish emigration.

The event will be split into 3 parts. To begin there will be a presentation by “Circulo Podemos Manchester” (a group of Spanish immigrants living in Manchester who hold regular meetings and events to discuss the political situation in Spain.)

This will be followed by a screening of the political documentary “En Tierra Extraña” (In A Foreign Land) by award-winning Spanish director Iciar Bollaín, and an open discussion about the themes raised in the film around Spanish migration.

The discussion will include a panel of noted guests such as Iciar Bollaín (Director of the movie screened), Marina Prentoulis (Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics at University of East Anglia and member of Syriza), Luis Cordero ((Lecturer in Spanish Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester) and Christopher Perriam (Professor of Hispanic Studies  at the University of Manchester).

Closing the event will be a UK Circulos Assembly, where all the Podemos groups scattered around the UK will be introduced. This session will involve discussions about the different activities of each Circulo and ways of working together on projects that assist Spanish immigrants and support British social movements.

Trades Council meeting to stop climate change (21 Jan)

This meeting, organised by Leeds Trades Union Council, will launch the new ‘One million climate jobs’ report. Speakers include Chris Baugh (PCS General Sec), Ewa Jasiewicz (Reclaim the Power) and Martin Meyer (Sec to Sheffield Trades Council).

On Wednesday 21st January 2015, 7.30pm,  at the Cosmpolitan Hotel (LS1 4AE).


Full information on the downloadable  flyer here


Corruption, spying, racism conference (6-7 Feb)

Our friends at The Monitoring Group, along with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Tottenham Rights and Imran Khan and Partners have organised an important two day conference on corruption, spying and racism. It’s in London on 6th and 7th February 2015. Great speakers, very low cost.  More details here



Devolution, co-operative democracy and the election (16 Jan)

Devolution, Co-operative Democracy, and the General Election

You are invited to the Yorkshire Co-op Party conference to discuss regional government, transport, migration, co-operatives, and Europe

Leeds Civic Hall, Friday 16 January 2015

Coffee & Registration from 9.30 am

10.00 am until 4.30 pm


Linda McAvan, MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber

Cllr Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council

Cllr James Lewis, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined

Transport Committee

Paul Ellis, Chief Executive of Ecology Building Society

Barry Winter, Chair of Hannah Mitchell Foundation

Dave Brown, Head of Migration Yorkshire

All are welcome, lunch is provided, and places are free but must be reserved.

To attend please inform

John Drewery: – 0794 6913703 or

Mike McGowan: email:

0113 2621654 or 0788 0743034

Trevor Griffiths at Ford-Maguire shindig (29 Jan)

Dear friends,

In the 1880s the radicals in Leeds used to gather in Angel pub off Briggate to toast Tom Paine’s memory on his birthday, the 29 January. For several years the Ford-Maguire Society has tried to copy this event without much success.

However this year we have booked Fairuz’s Lebanese restaurant for the 29th January from 6 pm.  There will be a buffet with a wide variety of tasty Lebanese dishes including several vegan dishes plus a meat  dish.  The cost will be £15.

Trevor Griffiths the well known playwright and script writer has agreed to be our guest of honour. Trevor has written a brilliant and successful play about Tom Paine which was performed at the Globe Theater.

At the end of the meal we will toast Tom Paine. And perhaps some of us will go one to the Angel for further toasts.

Please please  could you email Garth [] or Shaun [] (particularly between the 6-21 January when Garth will be out Leeds) if you are coming. We need to do this for the numbers for the buffet .

This promises to be a great evening.

See you there.

Garth Frankland and Shaun Cohen

Ford-Maguire Society

0797 1933 512


Fairuz Restuarant

Merrion Street

Leeds LS2 8JU

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