Celebrating the Leeds Convention of 1917

Organised by Socialist Workers Party

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10:00  Sat 3 June 2017

2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

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To mark the centenary of the historic Leeds Convention of 3 June 1917, where some 3,500 democrats and socialists pledged solidarity with the Russian Revolution and voted to set up Worker’s and Soldiers’ Councils in Britain, Leeds Trades Council and the Ford-Maguire Society with the generous support of the Lipman-Miliband Trust are holding a one day event at the Swarthmore Centre in Leeds on Saturday 3 June from 10-4pm. Speakers include Michael Meadowcroft on the Leeds Convention, John Newsinger on the Russian Revolution, Janet Douglas on Arthur Ransome, Leeds and the Russian Revolution, and Jill Liddington on ‘Leeds Suffrage Stories: Isabella Ford, Mary Gawthorpe and Leonora Cohen’. There will also be an evening Love Music Hate Racism gig with American folk singer David Rovics performing at the Fox and Newt (Burley Road) in the evening – as on 3-4 June 1917 there were anti-Semitic race riots in the city and we need to organise against racism and fascism today.  There will also be a book launch at the event of a new centenary edition of ‘British Labour and the Russian Revolution’ (Spokesman Books, 2017)  which includes the original 1974 introduction to this volume by the late Ken Coates as well as new archival material and other details relating to this event which Ralph Miliband described as ‘perhaps the most remarkable gathering of the period’.  All are welcome and there is no need to book in advance, though there is an eventbrite now set up which will help people get a better idea of numbers:


Provisional timetable – Saturday 3 June, Swarthmore Centre:

10am – Welcome

10.15 – Michael Meadowcroft, ‘The Leeds Convention’

11.15 – coffee break

11.30 – John Newsinger, ‘Revolutionary Russia and the Dream of a New World’

12.30 – lunch break

1.15 – Jill Liddington ‘Leeds Suffrage Stories: Isabella Ford, Mary Gawthorpe and Leonora Cohen’

2.15 – Janet Douglas ‘Arthur Ransome, Leeds and the Russian Revolution’

3pm – Final Remarks (inc Steve Davison, Keighley TUC, and Cyril Pearce) and Book Launch of ‘British Labour and the Russian Revolution – The Leeds Convention of 1917’ (Spokesman, 2017) and David Rovics leading us in singing ‘The Red Flag’ .

4pm close

7.30pm – Love Music Hate Racism gig with David Rovics at the Fox and Newt, Burley St, – entrance £10 / £5

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2-7 Woodhouse Square