Tony Benn event (4th April)

Leeds Met University

Centre for Applied Social Research (CeSAR) & Leeds Taking Soundings

“Reflections on Tony Benn’s Socialist Ideas and Political Life“

Panel Discussion + Q&A

Rose Bowl, Lecture Theatre B, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds 2

Friday 4 April, 5-6.30 pm

All Welcome


John Battle was Labour MP for Leeds West 1987-2010, and held ministerial posts at the DTI (Department for Trade and Industry) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 2002 he became a member of the Privy Council and went on to work as the Prime Minister’s special envoy to all the faith communities until the 2010 election. John is actively involved in community organising.

Hilary Wainwright is a well-known socialist and feminist writer and activist. She is co-editor of the socialist magazine Red Pepper ( and research director of the New Politics Project of the Transnational Institute (

Paul Blackledge is Professor of Political Theory and a member of the Politics & Applied Global Ethics (PAGE) group in the School of Social, Psychological & Communication Sciences at Leeds Metropolitan University. Paul’s research interests focus on Marxism and he has written on the ‘New Left’ in Britain.



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