Following a fantastic local result in the general election with both Marsha De Cordova and Rosena Allin-Khan elected as Labour MPs in Battersea and Tooting respectively, BWTUC are hosting a John Burns History Walk followed by a Summer BBQ Celebration at the Bread and Roses Pub.
2pm Walk. Meet at John Burns’s Grave in Battersea Cemetery
I will lead the walk from John Burns’s grave in St. Mary’s/Battersea Rise Cemetery to Lavender Hill, along Latchmere Rd to Battersea Park gates and John Archer’s house in Brynmaer Rd.
The grave is on the cross over between the paths from the two entrances.
4.30pm. BBQ at Bread and Roses Pub, Clapham Manor St
Food and Drink will be provided.
5pm: Speech from Battersea Labour MP Marsha de Cordova and live performance from Cllr Andy Gibbons.
For more information contact Tom Hymas on Thymas@bwtuc.org.uk or on 07747749373. Or see https://www.facebook.com/events/164875344056792/
John Burns Booklet
In 2014 I helped BWTUC to produce its booklet about John Burns as part of its commemoration of his resigning as a Cabinet Minister in protest at the declaration of War in August 1914. You can see the booklet at:
My pamphlet From Exclusion to Political Control. Radical and Working Class Organisation in Battersea 1830s-1918 provides the context for Burns’s politics and emergence as a national leader in New Unionism, his election as MP and his building of a Progressive Alliance to ensure the labour movement could exercise electoral political control.
My mini-book John Archer Battersea’s Black Progressive and Labour Activist 1963-1932 provides further detail about a key supporter of Burns.
Both will be on sale at the walk at £1 and £4 each. I will be able to take card payments.
They can also be ordered by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org