Nae Pasaran

Went for its last local showing out of a sense of duty – and it was so much better than that.
A desert war veteran and Rolls-Royce engineer realises that 8 engines for extensive and high quality renovation at the East Kilbride factory are for Chilean Air Force Hawker Hunter jet planes of the kind used to attack the seat of government in Chile during in the CIA inspired coup of an elected government. “They’re blacked”. And management can’t get him to change his position. And the engines are boxed and later sent out into the yard and not moved. This turns out to reduce the operational effectiveness of the Chilean Air Force, and possibly even see some of their planes fall out of the sky.
It’s a symbol of goodness, and most significantly, an indication of what having strong unions could mean.
Some great stories too of how what was done has since been celebrated.
The Guardian gives it 3 stars; (e:3; s:4; p:4).


Meadows Labour Christmas social 2018

Lilian Greenwood met a mixture of members, community activists, leaflet deliverers and residents, from The Meadows and elsewhere.
Thanks to Nicola Heaton​, Jane Jeoffrey who organised the room and the drinks, and Craig Stanley​ who took the pictures.
Lilian spoke on visits to Royal Mail and Welbeck school, and the policies of their Tomorrow party who’d just won in an election exercise.
Higher res. photos available.

Protest against closure of Queen Street Crown Post Office

Lilian Greenwood MP says “Campaigning to save our Post Office on Queen St in Nottingham city centre alongside CWU & Labour members from Nottingham South and beyond including local councillor Michael Edwards and Castle ward candidate Angharad Roberts.
“Strong support for keeping the Post Office in its central accessible location, close to buses and trams, rather than franchised out and stuck in the back of WHSmiths at the far end of the Victoria Centre. Worrying to hear that many experienced staff are leaving rather than be transferred to a struggling retail chain.”

List of Nottingham City Labour MPs and MEPs

Provoked by a lack of reference to Labour politicians in an exhibition on local politics, I have listed Nottingham City Labour MPs, from six different constituencies, sourced from wikipedia –

Nottingham Central

1945,  Geoffrey de Freitas,  Labour (’til 1950)
1950,  Ian Winterbottom,  Labour  (’til 1955; later joined the SDP)
1964,  Jack Dunnett,  Labour,  (“til Feb 1974)

Nottingham East

1945,  James Harrison,  Labour (’til 1955);
Feb 1974,  Jack Dunnett  Labour (’til 1983);
1992,  John Heppell,  Labour (’til 2010);
2010Chris Leslie,  Labour Co-Operative

Nottingham North

1955,  James Harrison,  Labour   Died May 1959; seat remained vacant until general election in October
1959,  Bill Whitlock,  Labour    Defeated at 1983 general election.
1987,  Graham Allen,  Labour  Retired at 2017 general election
2017,  Alex Norris,  Labour

Nottingham North West

1950,  Tom O’BrienLabour,  (’til 1955)

Nottingham South

1929,  Holford Knight,   Labour (’til 1931National Labour).
1945,  Norman Smith,  Labour Co-operative (’til 1955)
1966,  George Perry,  Labour (’til 1970)
1992,  Alan Simpson,  Labour (’til 2010)
2010,  Lilian Greenwood,  Labour

Nottingham West

1918,  Arthur Hayday,  Labour   (“til 1931)
1935,  Arthur Hayday,  Labour (again, ’til 1945)
1945,  Tom O’Brien,  Labour (’til 1950)
1955,  Tom O’Brien,  Labour (’til 1959).
1964Michael EnglishLabour (’til 1983)

Also Labour MEP’s with responsibility for Nottingham

Mel Read, first Nottinghamshire and North West Leicestershire, then East Midlands
Philip Whitehead, East Midlands
Glenis Willmott, East Midlands
Rory Palmer, East Midlands.


Tim Bell

20181027 143000 aa0809h celebration of the life of Tim Bell E77675F8X111378_10282018_000414_014592Elected to the County Council for Beechdale in 1993, where he became Chair of Social Services.
He later served on the City Council until May 2003.
Son of a vicar, living in Kent for 6 years, Northants for 6 years and Dorset for 6 years, where he met Lyn.
A year teaching in Rwanda before studying law, spending 1969 in hippy California, starting in probation in Lancashire before studying in Nottingham to go further in probation. Working in NACRO and devising new approaches like specialist housing to help people in their way back from crime and punishment.
An enquiring mind, a voracious reader, gentle talker.
Labour Party member and democratic Socialist – one leftist acknowledged how he could credibly argue being Socialist and a Tony Blair supporter.
An atheist, humanist and rationalist.
Husband, father and grandfather.
All explained at a special service held six weeks after his death, having lived with cancer for 5 years.
One quote he loved, or re-worked, along the lines of “rather than curse the current political darkness, better to light a candle“.