Thank you to everyone who came, everyone who spoke and performed and ran workshops, and all the volunteers who made this happen, both at the Festival and in the run up.
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Every year the Durham Miners’ Gala is in July – and it’s awesome. This year there’s a vibrant political Festival in the two days before, with cheap accommodation.
The austerity and political climate we face is blighting the lives of millions in our communities, and we have to be organised if we’re going to change it. So we’re bringing together the very best in community organisers, political trainers and alternative media to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
There will be:
John is shadow chancellor of the exchequer, and a long-term socialist.More Information
Author, journalist and film maker. After 15 years as a journalist, he just decided to tell it straight.
Paul will be leading sessions on economics, media and propaganda, international struggles, and how a socialist government can keep power in the face of an establishment backlash.More Information
Activist and musician Billy Bragg will be playing the music gig on the Friday night.More Information
Author, activist and editor of Red Pepper. Hilary has been an implacable voice for participatory democracy.
She will be speaking on A New Politics From The Left – about how power for the benefit of ordinary people has to come from ordinary people, and not wielded on their behalf from Whitehall.More Information
Film maker and lifelong campaigner for social justice. Ken will be involved in several sessions, subject to his filming schedule.More Information
Comedy legend and socialist, Mark Steel has produced TV and radio shows, currently writes a column in the Independent.
Mark will be headlining the comedy gig on the Thursday night.More Information
Jamie is co-founder of Talk Socialism and co-author of The Way of The Activist. He’s also a Labour Councillor, Momentum activist, and organiser of the People, Pits & Politics Festival.More Information
General secretary of the Communications Workers Union.
As well as being a supporter of Chelsea Football Club, Dave is also a keen blues guitarist and cites Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards and US slide guitar wizard Ry Cooder among his musical heroes.
Emma is MP for South Shields, and a campaigner on food poverty. She’ll be talking about her Food Insecurity Bill and the charity she has set up with the Archbishop of Canterbury.More Information
Clive Lewis is Shadow Minister for the Treasury, Lead on Environmental Economics and Sustainable Finance.
Since being elected the Labour MP for Norwich South in May 2015, Clive has held the positions of Shadow Minister for Climate & Energy Change, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He is currently Shadow Minister for the Treasury, with a focus on Environmental Economics and Sustainable Finance. Before entering Parliament, Clive was Vice President of the National Union of Students, a BBC TV political reporter as well as Army reservist infantry officer, serving a combat tour of Afghanistan in 2009.More Information
Catherine is deputy leader of Gateshead Council, and a founder Bensham Community Food Co-op, an initiative that not only feeds the hungry with dignity, but builds binds between refugees and local communities.
Chris is MP for Derby North and former council leader. Chris will be running and interactive workshop on low pay with us.More Information
Hazel is a key activist within the One Million Climate Jobs campaign. After a decade as a charity housing advisor, Hazel spent eight years as a housing association Board Member, leading on strategies for reducing emissions while tackling poverty. She also initiated the Cumbria-wide bedroom tax campaign. An internationalist and eco-socialist, Hazel was a founder member of both Carlisle Refugee Action Group and Sustainable Carlisle. She witnessed the start of the Egyptian Revolution and supported the 2015 ‘OXI’ campaign in Greece. She is currently Chief Executive of climate change charity, Cumbria Action for Sustainability.More Information
Andy is MP for Middlesbrough and Shadow Transport Secretary, and has the job of bringing the railways back into public ownership, amongst other things.More Information
Sam is policy officer at the Public and Civil Services union, and a campaigner on sustainable industrial strategy and divestment from arms manufacturing.More Information
|Eclipse the S*n: alternative tabloid for the north||We Are Our Media, Jessie Jacobs, Andrew Wilson|
|One Million Climate Jobs||Clive Lewis, Hazel Graham, Andrew Simms, Clara Paillard, Willie Black|
|Low Pay No Way||Talk Socialism, Owen Espley, Chris Williamson|
|Make Democracy Matter – Electoral Reform||Clive Lewis, Mary Southcott, Benj Eckford|
|Food Poverty Campaigns||Emma Lewell Buck, Deborah Finn, Catherine Donovan|
|The Preston Model: Community Wealth Building||Julian Thompson, Matthew Brown|
|The Financial Crash: 10 Years On||Paul Mason, Owen Espley, Sarah-Jayne Clifton|
|What’s socialism, then?||Jamie Driscoll, Talk Socialism, Clive Lewis, Gerry Byrne, Nick Arnold, Rachel Broadbent, Ross Collins|
|Fighting Fascism in the Middle East – Ocalan, The Kurds and Defending the Women’s Revolution.||Elif Sarican, Rohash , Simon Dubbins|
|Comedy Night||Mark Steel, John Scott, Rowan McCabe, Nicola Mantalios|
|Facing the State||Chris Howsam, Isobel Tarr, Joe Rollins, Ron Hogg|
|Pavement to Parliament||Momentum, Beth Foster Ogg|
|Community Organising Masterclass||Sotez Chowdhury, India Thorogood, Jo Hiley|
|Film: K is for Karl||Paul Mason|
|How to set up a Co-op Masterclass||Nigel Todd|
|Royal Mail or People’s Mail: a new kind of nationalisation?||Andy McDonald, Andrew Towers|
|How to Organise a Demo||People's Assembly Against Austerity|
|A Very British Coup||Paul Mason, Hilary Wainwright, Ken Loach|
|Job Guarantee and MMT Masterclass||Michael Lloyd|
|Protest! Billy Bragg||Billy Bragg, Richard Grainger, Steve Pledger|