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AGM and Open Meeting
The next meeting of the Keir Hardie Society will be held on Thursday 28 October 2021 at 7pm. This meeting will be held over the video conferencing system Zoom. We hope this will be an opportunity for members and supporters worldwide to participate.
The guest speakers will be Lachlan Munro and Gerry McGarvey on R.B.Cunninghame Graham and Keir Hardie. Lachlan is the author of 'An Eagle in the Hen-House', selected political speeches and writings of R.B. Cunninghame Graham.
Keir Hardie Trail - Ayrshire
Why not visit the sites associated with Keir Hardie in Ayrshire this summer. A Keir Hardie staycation or just a day out if you live locally.
On new trail page sets out the sites to visit with an interactive map.
West Ham South election 120th anniversary booklet
The excellent Newham Council booklet is now available as a download.
Happy Birthday Hardie!
The Radical Rising of 1820
The 200th anniversary of a less well known part of the radical 19th century tradtion, which Keir Hardie liked to reference. In the blog we outline the context, events and lessons learned from 1820 by later agitators, including Keir Hardie.
What would Keir Hardie say: Where next for the Labour Party?
Blackwell's is hosting Pauline Bryan heading up a panel of experts to consider the legacy of Labour founder Keir Hardie.
27 February 2020 at Blackwells Edinburgh South Bridge starting at 18:30.
Tickets from eventbrite.
Insurrection: Scotland's Famine Winter
We review James Hunter's new book on the less well known Scottish potato famine, which led to insurrection in parts of the north of Scotland. This arguably had later political consequences.
Our September Bulletin has just gone out. It includes a link to our new book - Keir Hardie and the 21th Century Socialist Revival. Available from Luath Press.
Keir Hardie in South Africa
Our Secretary's blog post covers Hardie's controversial visit to South Africa in 1907. Right wing groups attacked many of his meetings and his views created a few challenges for the labour movement in the country.
Respecting our history
The Society has made a submission to the Scottish Labour Party's First Stage policy consultation paper. It sets out our concerns over the current state of historical resources in Scotland and recommends a number of positive actions.
Keir Hardie's brush with sedition
A file in the National Archives includes a complaint that Keir Hardie and others were inciting sedition in relation to the use of troops during strikes in 1912. The full story is in our blog.
AGM 15 June 2019
The Keir Hardie Society AGM was held on Saturday 15 June 2019 at Cumnock Town Hall. All the details and more in our latest Bulletin. https://mailchi.mp/7394786b52b8/keir-hardie-society-bulletin-may-2019
Keir Hardie and the 21st Century Socialist Revival
Coming soon to a bookshop near you.
2019 Scottish Labour Party Conference
The Keir Hardie Society hosted a reception at the 2019 Scottish Labour conference in Dundee, to promote the work of the society and to encourage delegates to join.
The reception was held in the Apex Hotel, Dundee on Friday 8 March. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Lesley Laird MP and Richard Leonard MSP spoke about their links to the society and its work.
The Keir Hardie Society is grateful to UNISON Labour Link for sponsoring the event.
Great Railway Journeys to Keir Hardie
In the Lowland town of Cumnock, canvassers are out in force – it is the cradle of the Labour Party and home of its founder, Keir Hardie. Michael Portillo braves enemy territory to discover Hardie’s influence today. Interview with Cathy Jamieson. You can view the programme on BBC iPlayer.
Keir Hardie Society Bulletin - Oct 2018
The October edition of the Society’s Bulletin is out now. https://mailchi.mp/2df338c2a365/keir-hardie-society-bulletin-oct-2018