Come and hear John McDonnell on the alternative to Tory slash and burn

‘Tories have no answer for slowdown. Corbynomics does’. This is the message socialist economists are giving as they help Labour Leader Jeremy Corby and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell develop their alternative approach to the Conservatives austerity attack on low and middle earners.

Croydonians are lucky to be able to hear McDonnell on Saturday 7 November at the Croydon Assembly at its third meeting at Ruskin House.

Those attending will be considering a draft manifesto setting out local views on alternatives to austerity and benefit and tax credit cuts, defending and improving the NHS, improving education, developing a more resiliant high skilled, higher paid local economy that is not dependent on the property developers, tackling climate change and local environmental issues, and improving the structures and processes of democracy.

More and more research evidence is being published which shows why a positive programme is needed.

For details of the Assembly, go to You can  email your interest in attending to

Programme:  November 7, 2015

10.30am    Chair: Philipa Harvey, President NUT

Welcome by Ted Knight, Chair Croydon Assembly

Christine Blower, General Secretary National Union of Teachers

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor

Questions & Answers

11.45am   Policy Discussion Groups on Manifesto sections.

1 National Economy

2 Universal Benefits and Care

3 National Health Service

4 Racism and Refugees

1.00pm    Break for lunch. Sandwiches, tea and coffee available in  Hall. Ruskin House bar open

1.45pm    Chair: Patsy Cummins, chair Croydon North CLP

Ellen Lebethe, National Pensioners Convention

Ellen Clifford, Disabled People Against CutsAndrew Fisher, author of ‘The Failed Experiment’

2.15pm    Policy Discussion Groups on Manifesto sections

4 Climate Change

5 Education

6 Local economy and Housing

7 Political Representation and Democracy

3.30pm    Final plenary

Chair: Tracey Hague, Green Party

Candy Udwin, reinstated PCS shop steward National Gallery

Brief contributions to discussion

4.25pm     Closing remarks:    Ted Knight

Bookstall: I will be running a bookstall mainly of second hand books about labour movement history

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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