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  • Progressive London Conference

    by Leon
    10th December, 2008 at 5:08 pm    

    Details are emerging about the coming Progressive London conference to be held on the 24th January 2009.

    Saturday 24 January 2009

    Congress House
    Great Russell St London WC1
    Tickets £10 waged; £6 unwaged; £20 per person for organisations;

    Register for the conference now by emailing events@progressivelondon.org.uk and we will be in touch with you very shortly with further details including payment details.

    The conference is the first event organised by “Progressive London”, which was initiated by Ken Livingstone to bring together supporters of progressive policies in London including politicians, trade unionists, artists, campaigns and individuals. The conference will be an opportunity to debate and discuss all the issues that lie at the core of Londoners’ quality of life and the city’s future success, from the current economic crisis to protection of the environment, social justice to good community relations, the city’s cultural life, transport and equal rights to name just a few.

    Sounds interesting, although I’m still not sure what the format is going to be or how the many (and there are many) speakers are going to be fitted in.

    Anyone else going to this? Let us know and perhaps we can organise a PP meet up on the day.

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    1. Sunny — on 10th December, 2008 at 5:10 pm  

      Shouldn’t this be renamed: ‘Ken’s Sad Attempt to get Re-elected?’

    2. Leon — on 10th December, 2008 at 5:17 pm  

      Heh and people call me cynical!

    3. AdamB — on 10th December, 2008 at 5:20 pm  

      What’s sad about wanting to be re-elected?

      Seriously though, although Ken is obviously in this for re-election I’m not convinced that the leader of the London Assembly Liberal Democrats (who has been very critical of Livingstone) is in this to get him elected. People take part in coalitions and events like this for lots of different reasons. if nothing else, it will be a good opportunity to listen and meet lots of people on the left of London politics.

    4. AdamB — on 10th December, 2008 at 5:22 pm  

      Plus I’m speaking there ;)

    5. BenSix — on 10th December, 2008 at 5:35 pm  

      What do they mean by “waged” and “unwaged”?


    6. Sid — on 10th December, 2008 at 5:37 pm  

      I think we should have a PP meet *without* the Progressive London Conference and put the £10 saved towards a whipround. :-)

    7. Sunny — on 10th December, 2008 at 5:52 pm  

      Adam - of course I’ll be there to see you speak!

      I want to see what Ken is up to, and I’m aware many others also speaking aren’t there to support him either.

      As for ‘sad’, well I was being facetious. Its not sad to stand for re-election, but Ken’s had his time and he still seems to be in denial of why he lost the last election. We need someone newer to stand against Boris and get rid of that buffoon.

    8. Leon — on 10th December, 2008 at 6:01 pm  

      What do they mean by “waged” and “unwaged”

      Not sure, I’d hope it means those on benefits, students, senior citizens being unwaged and those in employment being waged…

    9. Nyrone — on 10th December, 2008 at 9:31 pm  

      Sounds interesting, I think I’ll go…

    10. cjcjc — on 11th December, 2008 at 8:57 am  

      Sounds very interesting, as long as Livingstone does not try to dominate it. (Forlorn hope?)

      Huge number of speakers…how are they organising them all?

    11. Rumbold — on 11th December, 2008 at 12:14 pm  

      Heh Sid.

    12. Tom — on 11th December, 2008 at 12:56 pm  

      “Anyone else going to this?”

      Me. I’m speaking as well, though heaven knows what about.

      The point about Ken is that, sad, old or whatever, he’s got a lot more in common with the LDs, Greens and Labour of whatever age than the Tories have with any of them (despite Boris’s alleged ‘green’ conversion), along with the unique experience of recent government rather than a lot of ‘wouldn’t it be nice if…’ idealism that you tend to get one these occasions.

      A loose progressive coalition focusing on their common interests around environment, transport, human rights, fostering better relations between London and the rest of the world, etc. sounds like a good thing to me.

      The rather embarrassing record of LA Tories in voting in bloc with the brownsuit Nazi wannabe (e.g. on Fairtrade recently) rather demonstrates why this is important in a London context.

    13. sonia — on 11th December, 2008 at 1:04 pm  

      yeah if it were cheaper..nothing progressive about charging £6 for unwaged! im definitely unwaged now but don’t see how i can prove it!

      tom - nice site, do tell us what you will be speaking about (sneak preview)

    14. Leon — on 11th December, 2008 at 1:17 pm  

      I’d definitely like to see a programme for the day too…

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