Media Release: New book – What Would Keir Hardie Say?

What Would Keir Hardie Say

SEPTEMBER 26 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Keir Hardie, who founded the Labour Party in 1900.

To celebrate the man and his legacy, Pauline Bryan has gathered the thoughts of authors, MPs and political commentators together in What Would Keir Hardie Say? Exploring Hardie’s vision and relevance to 21st Century politics.

Split into three sections, ‘Guiding Principles’, ‘Campaigns and Causes’ and ‘Making his Mark’, this book poses important questions:

* What would it mean for the Labour Party to look to Hardie’s socialist ideals and vision of equality?

* What would Hardie make of today’s political landscape – the economy, welfare, trade union rights, immigration and privatisation?

* What is next for the Labour Party as its members try to understand the lessons of its election defeat?

This thought-provoking new book reminds us that the principles for which Keir Hardie founded the Labour Party are crucially important today. It contains 11 essays on different aspects of Hardie’s legacy, including Jeremy Corbyn on Hardie and International Peace.

Forthcoming events

5 June – 13 December: National Portrait Gallery, London. Exhibition: Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist.

5 September – 19 December: Baird Institute, Cumnock. Exhibition Keir Hardie – A Hundred Years On.

9 September: Keir Hardie: Labour’s Lost Leader, presented by Gordon Brown. 1.30pm, BBC Radio Scotland.

10 September: Keir Hardie: Labour’s Lost Leader, presented by Gordon Brown. 9am, BBC Radio 4.

BOOK LAUNCH Thursday 24 September, 6pm, Waterstones, 153–157 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EW

26 September: Commemoration in Glasgow supported by Glasgow City Council. Unveiling of a plaque at Western Necropolis.

26 September: Public Conference at Working Class Movement Library, Salford. Keynote speaker: Professor David Howell.

27 September: Labour Party Conference, Brighton. Keir Hardie Fringe event. Speakers: Melissa Benn & Jeremy Corbyn; attending Owen Smith MP, John Cowell.

31 October: Scottish Labour Party Conference, Perth. Fringe Meeting.

For information, interviews, review copy requests, competitions and reader offers please contact Juliette King 0131 225 4326.

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