Science, People and Politics, issue 4, Volume ii,Volume I, published 4.11.07. Final posting including minor modifications made to clarify meaning made 11.39 gmt, 4.11.07.
A VIEW FROM THE SELF DECLARED LEFT OF BRITISH POLITICS
By Helen Gavaghan
A report of an open political meeting addressed by: former Labour MP, Alice Mahon; aspiring Labour party leader, John McDonnell MP; and MP for Halifax, Linda Riordan (Labour). Organised by Labour party activist, Susan Press.
In the darkened shabby upstairs room of the Trades Club of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire on a Saturday afternoon not too long ago an activist group from northern Labour Party constituencies and interested observers assembled. Alice Mahon, pro choice, hard left, champion of the worker and opponent of the Iraq war sat at one end of the platform. Next to her Linda Riordan (Labour), Mahon's successor as MP for Halifax. What is the old saw: may god preserve us from Hell, Hull and Halifax? The guillotine still stands rusting and depressing in Gibbet Street near the Town's centre of Mahon's old constituency.