Labour Club: 40th Anniversary

Whitstable Views

I’m sitting in the Whitstable Labour Club, looking at the board above the fireplace on which is written the names of the honorary and founder life members. Of the 33 names up there, I recognise 19.

So, just to give you a flavour: there’s Peter Seymour, who had been a communist but who converted to Labour. He was also a member of the Co-op Party. I remember one conversation with him, when he told me about the years after the war, when the council estates were being built, and the Co-op was in the ascendency. “It was like the revolution had already happened,” he said.

There’s Maud Ehrenstein, who was like this dowager socialist from the 30s. Rumour has it that on her death bed she ripped off her oxygen mask and shouted: “up the Miners!” She was very impressive to my younger mind: this older person with real…

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  1. Wonderful. Made me think that if those people all of different religions came together for the anti war meetings, surely they and we are the majority?
    A wonderful piece of writing that made me cry with its beauty. Hubby is an ex minor and he particularly was touched.
    Up the reds!
    Much love from a paid up Labour member.

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