Dennis Skinner East Leeds Launch Re-Elect Richard Burgon Campaign

Local election 2016 campaign

Saturday 29th April 17:00–18:30

Dennis Skinner in East Leeds to Launch Re-Elect Richard Burgon Campaign

Public · Hosted by Richard Burgon MP

Saturday 29th April 17:00–18:30

St Theresas LS15 7JY Leeds

Dennis Skinner is a real Labour legend and he’s coming to East Leeds to launch the campaign to re-elect Richard Burgon as the Labour MP for East Leeds.

The event will take place from 5pm to 6.30pm on Saturday 29 April at the church hall (The Newman Centre) at the Blessed John Henry Newman St Theresa’s on Station Road in Crossgates.

The event is also an emergency fundraiser to help fund leaflets, posters, letters and more in Richard’s campaign in this unexpected election. Entrance will therefore be £10 (£5 concessions) on the door. The entrance fee includes a raffle ticket for a number of very special raffle prizes at a raffle which will be drawn at the event.

Come and support Richard’s campaign and hear Dennis talk about the campaign in East Leeds and nationally – and much more else besides!

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MAY DAY – PAY DAY – £10 p hr living wage for all Sat 11:30–13:30 Victoria Gardens

Saturday at 11:30–13:30 Victoria Gardens

The Headrow, LS1 2 Leeds

MAY DAY – PAY DAY – £10 per hour now and a living wage for all

Leeds TUC May Day demonstration

Public · Hosted by Leeds TUC

Speakers including:

Tosh McDonald, ASLEF President

Sarah Woolley, BFAWU

Campaign for Jeremy Corbyn and a Labour Victory

18010661_10206612832080090_4794887152346366564_nLeeds North West Campaign Training

Thursday 27th April Tomorrow 19:30–21:00
Heart, Bennett Road, Headingley,, LS6 3HN Leeds

A session for anybody who wants to work on the Labour General Election campaign to learn more about how and why we campaign.

The session will cover:
– What Difference does campaigning make
– Types of Campaign techniques
– Hierarchy of contact
– Messaging
– Persuasion vs Turnout
A Role Play session– Go through various doorstep scenarios


The Matthew Caygill Lecture

Matthew Caygill

Last year Taking Soundings tragically lost Matthew Caygill, a founder member and a dear friend.

Matthew worked at the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett University, and they are going to hold an annual lecture in his name…

Dr Madeleine Davis will give the inaugural Matthew Caygill Lecture on a subject close to Matthew’s interests.

The Matthew Caygill Lecture

17:30 – 19:00 3rd May 2017, Leeds Beckett University, Rose Bowl Lecture Theatre B, City Campus

Madeleine Davis (Queen Mary, University of London) will speak on ‘‘Among the ordinary people’: the New Left and working class political organisation’.  Madeleine specialises in the history of political thought, particularly the development of socialist thought in Britain in the twentieth century.  She has published on the work of intellectuals and activists associated with the post-1956 British New Left, and has a forthcoming book on The British New Left and its Legacy.

Madeleine’s research overlaps with many of Matthew Caygill’s historical interests as well as the contemporary concerns and challenges facing political activists.  Matthew, a much loved and respected colleague, teacher, activist and friend who passed away suddenly in 2016, was keen to help students and younger researchers to think through ideas – particularly related to political ideology and social and cultural theory – and apply them to their own research.  He had recently started his own PhD research into the cultural politics of the New Left during the 1960s.

Matthew was an integral member of staff in the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities, not least as their long-serving UCU rep.  He taught on multiple courses since the university’s days as a polytechnic, organised memorable student trips to Berlin and Paris, and even taught students from other schools in the university.  A committed interdisciplinarian, passionate educator, and staunch political activist, Matthew embodied Cultural Studies as we practice it in the classroom, through our research and in the wider community.

The event is free to attend, but booking is required.

 Refreshments will also be available at the event.

For further information, please contact Shane Ewen by email at or by telephone on 0113 812 3340.

The housing crisis: What people-powered housing can do about it


Public Meeting Thursday 27th April 7.30 – 9.30 Hosted by Armley Café Politique Armley Junk-tion 1 Chapel Lane, Leeds LS12 2DJ  LINK

Explorting Britain’s housing crisis wiith Paul Chatterton,
Professor of Urban Futures in the School of Geography at Leeds University and local housing activist.
It’s widely acknowledged that we have a major housing crisis in the UK. The solution is usually focused on building more properties and making rents affordable. But what kind of dwellings? And will they contribute to sustainable living and fulfilled communities? Do we need a radical approach to planning and construction – one that involves people in designing their own lives rather than simply taking what the major builders and planners currently offer?
Paul Chatterton, a founder member of local co-housing projects LILAC and Leeds Community Homes will offer his compelling and challenging vision of the future.
He’ll also talk about how we can get involved in local action and campaigning right here in Armley.

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear? Welcome to the surveillance state

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Nothing to hide, nothing to fear? Welcome to the surveillance state
Wednesday 26th April, 6:30 PM Cosmopolitan Hotel Leeds

Did you know that at the end of 2016 you lost your right to online privacy?

In passing the Investigatory Powers Act (aka Snoopers Charter) the UK now has the most extreme surveillance regime of any western democracy.

Our communications can now be monitored and analysed, our location tracked, the apps we use and websites we visit stored for up to 12 months; regardless of suspicion.

Join us for an evening of talks and discussion where we will explore the current state of digital rights, why they matter and the dangers of mass surveillance to our democracy.

Come and learn about our campaigns and how you can get involved – let’s make 2017 the year we stand up for our digital rights!

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