Tribune magazine has a particular relationship with Liverpool.
It was relaunched here during the 2018 Labour Party Conference at The World Transformed, whilst Walton CLP has a long history with the magazine. Eric Heffer would regularly contribute when he was our MP, and Dan Carden has also contributed articles since the relaunch. In addition, Tribune’s current editor, Ronan Burtenshaw, delivered the CLP’s 2020 Eric Heffer Memorial Lecture.

The Tribune reading group was launched during the Coronavirus crisis, and meets every four weeks, on Zoom, to discuss two articles selected by Acting Political Education Officer Portia Fahey.

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Tribune Reading Group Suggestions

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Previous sessions

18th May 2020

Asif Mohammed: Labour’s Midlands Rout

  • What role, if any, does pride play in local politics?
  • Can globalisation and grassroots community action go hand in hand?
  • How can Labour as both a political party and a movement create a cultural narrative that is more inclusive of BAME members without being patronising?

Hannah Proctor: To All of Us With Nervous Systems and Nightmares

  • If we were more open about our health, would we be less ashamed of it?
  • Realistically, what can be done to bring the NHS back to former capacity levels while still being universal?
  • Does the NHS need to be more holistic by incorporating the charitable sector into the taxable element? E.g. education, community fitness, gifts for patients.
A screengrab of a zoom call in which 11 people are laughing
A screengrab of a zoom call in which 11 people are laughing

20th April 2020

Mark Fisher: No Honour in Failure

  • To what extent is the decline of unions to blame for political apathy amongst the working class?

  • How does this article make you feel about the statement, there is no alternative to Capitalism and nothing we can do about it?

  • “You should not pin all of your hopes on parliamentary politics, but, at the same time, if it was pointless then you have to ask why the business class expends so many resources in subjugating parliament to its own interests.”
    How can socialism appeal to our society of individuals in 2020 and beyond?

Charlotte Lydia Riley: The People’s University

  • What education policies would you like to see make a comeback?
  • How could the accessible approach to education be translated into today’s world? (lectures on late at night)
  • Wilson intended to bridge the skills gap in male dominated industries, but Lee turned it into a respectable organisation that empowered women and challenged societal norms. Considering that Labour have not had a female leader in 120 years, how can we be taken seriously as a party that will challenge the patriarchy and use education as a vehicle for social change?
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