Class Conference 2013

July 16, 2013 at 7:53 am (academe, capitalist crisis, class, Jim D, labour party, left, socialism, unions)

Looks like a worthwhile (if somewhat bureaucratic and reformist) event: certainly healthier than  the travesty that was ‘Marxism 20013’…

The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is pleased to announce its first national conference will be held this autumn

Class Conference 2013: Leading the Debate
Saturday 2 November 2013
TUC, Congress House
23-28 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3LS

Class is holding its first major conference featuring a range of world class speakers for delegates from across the labour movement.

This large-scale conference aims to provide a unique opportunity to debate the policies we want to see implemented in 2015.

The day will consist of two main sessions with a selection of plenaries in the morning and afternoon. In these sessions we will address the most important concerns of the day including economic alternatives, the welfare state, work and pay, the role of trade unions in society, young people, housing, equality, inequality, public services, the NHS, amongst many more.

Speakers include

Allyson Pollock, Ann Pettifor, Angela Eagle MP, Billy Hayes, Christine Blower, Claude Moraes MEP, Professor Costas Lapavitsas, Professor Doreen Massey, Duncan Weldon, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Emily Thornberry MP, Fiona Millar, Frances O’Grady, Ian Lavery MP, Jack Dromey MP, Cllr James Murray, John Hendy QC, Jon Trickett MP, Joy Johnson, Kate Bell, Professor Keith Ewing, Ken Livingstone, Kevin Maguire, Laura Pidcock, Len McCluskey, Lisa Nandy MP, Manuel Cortes, Professor Marjorie Mayo, Mark Serworka, Mehdi Hasan, Melissa Benn, Mick Whelan, Owen Jones, Prem Sikka, Shelly Asquith, Stefan Stern, Stewart Lansley, Lord Stewart Wood, Wilf Sullivan, Zoe Williams… and many more still to be announced.

Come along to have your say.

To book a ticket please visit our Eventbrite page

To find out more about the event please visit our website or the Facebook event

Best wishes,

Roisin McDermott
Projects and Events Officer

Our mailing address is:

Class: Centre for Labour and Social Studies

128 Theobalds Road

London, England WC1X 8TN


  1. Mike Killingworth said,

    I am afraid that I cannot get my head round the idea that socialists can be called Emily, Fiona or Zoe, let alone Melissa.

    Where can I get re-educated and how much will it cost? Is it on the agenda of the Class Conference itself?

  2. R F McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

    Ah we have a socialist version of that odious Apprentice woman who turned even Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield into doughty defenders of the working class by her tirade against proles and the names they give their vile offspring….

    And along with the members of the hereditary socialist aristocracy there is a Wilf, a Doreen, a Jack, a Ken, a Kevin and a Mick on that list.

    And being working class from at least my baby boom generation on families have tended to pick posher or just less class-signifiying names – often from whatever films were popular at the time – for their daughters than they do for their sons.

    Mine has a Laura, a Lise (with a little French accent on the e FFS), an Angela, a Kirsty, a Natalie and a Charlotte – while their grans and great-grans and great-aunts were Noras, Dorothys, Irenes, Adas etc.

    • Mike Killingworth said,

      The correct socialist girls’ names are of course Eleanor, Jenny and Laura.

      • ted edwards said,

        You missed off Rosa

      • Mike Killingworth said,

        True. My daughter isn’t named for any of them, but then her mother was/is a Stalinist. That’s my story, anyway, and I’m sticking to it (unless the bribe is very big)….

  3. ted edwards said,

    Yes sorry once I saw that Ken Livingstone and Jack Dromey were two of the speakers it suddenly became less appealing.Both of these may have come from the working class but they have not been part of it for years.One is married to a lady with regal family connections as well. Get Bob Crow and I may the n be more interested in attending.

  4. Jim Denham said,

    Ted: I thought I might agree with you until I read this: ” Get Bob Crow and I may the n be more interested in attending”…oh dear!

    • ted edwards said,

      Sorry Jim but he is the closest you can get to WC but I don’t necessarily disagree with you either.

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