Durham’s Big Meeting stands with Jeremy

Far away from the Westminster bubble, and challenges to his leadership, tens of thousands people attending the 132nd Durham Miners Gala last Saturday gave Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a rapturous reception, boosting both his confidence and his campaign to remain leader...

With banners held high

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the defeat of the great miners’ strike. The weekend marked the 131st Durham Miners’ Gala attended by over 150,000 people. The night before the main event on Saturday 11 July, saw a meeting held at the Miners’...

The Big Meeting

Last Saturday saw the 128th Miners’ Gala in Durham (called locally ‘The Big Meeting’). It got the national headlines because Labour leader Ed Miliband attended, the first leader to do so for 23 years. (Neil Kinnock was the last.)I’ve not much to say about EM’s speech...

Remembering Michael Foot

Some 8 months after his death, family, friends, admires and others gathered together in the Lyric Theatre in London on Monday 8 November to celebrate the life of Michael Foot. The NUJ was represented by vice president Donnacha DeLong and I – Michael had been a...