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The Benn Legacy

A conference to be held on 12-13 April 2025 at the University of Westminster in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Tony Benn’s birth, looking at Benn’s life and legacy.  

The issues to which Benn devoted his political life are, if anything, more burningly relevant today than they were when he died in 2014.  These include the relationship of people to power, peace in the Middle East, Britain and Europe, the state of the House of Lords and socialism within the Labour Party.

In keeping with his principles, the conference aims to be inclusive, inviting contributions from the academy but also reaching out to trade unions and activist groups. To this end, there will be travel/accommodation bursaries to enable people to attend who are from groups not normally represented at conferences.

Papers of 10-20 minutes are welcomed on any aspect of Benn’s life and legacy.

To see more on suggested topics and how to register your paper, please click here


The George Lansbury Memorial Trust was founded in 2012 to commemorate the life, work and legacy of George Lansbury (1859–1940). A pioneering campaigner for peace, women’s rights, local democracy and improvements in labour conditions, Lansbury was an adopted East Ender who made a great contribution to local as well as national life.

George Lansbury, MP for Bow & Bromley, led the Labour Party from 1932–1935 and spent his political life campaigning for social justice, women’s rights and world disarmament. The Lansbury Estate in Poplar is named after him. It was built as part of the 1951 Festival of Britain, as an example of ‘housing for the people’ after the Second World War.The Trust organizes an annual George Lansbury Memorial Lecture and other events.

We just can't hide the fact that the Trust, this site and hopefully most of its readers have witnessed the events of 4/5 July 2024 with interest, and possibly even some optimism. But similar to the need to accommodate all our citizens in acceptable housing, there is a parallel need to accommodate our 650 MPs in the Palace of Westminster (aka the Houses of Parliament).

An article, by Emeritus Director of the History of Parliament, Dr Paul Seaward that you can read here, gives an insight into the first housing crisis facing our returning MPs. Hopefully they can solve that one as well as the wider housing crisis facing the UK.

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On this site you will find details of events planned by the Trust  and can contact members of the Trust with your questions, suggestions etc. 

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