Monthly Archive: March 2016

Neil Kinnock and Kath Fry 1992

Photos of Neil Kinnock’s visit to Cavendish Primary School, Didsbury, 1992

Pictures of Neil Kinnock at Cavendish Primary School, West Didsbury, during a visit to Manchester on 31 January 1992 to support Labour candidates.

The foreword by Hilary Wainwright is a thoughtful overview

Hilary Wainwright is a British socialist and feminist, best known for being editor of Red Pepper magazine. She is a researcher and writer on the emergence of new forms of...

Bags of rubbish and tram UEFA Aftermath Piccadilly Gardens Manchester May 2008 CC-BY-ND Natalia Balcerska

Chapter 14, Compulsory Competitive Tendering, now online

Chapter 14 of Manchester 1984 details the sequence of services in Manchester that were subject to competitive tender, and the outcome that all but one of the contracts were won by the in-house bids, the process being spread from 1989 to 1995.

People carrying Militant plackards surrounded by police

Chapter 13 on the Implementation of the Poll Tax in Manchester is now online

The Community Charge, commonly known as the Poll Tax, was introduced in England in 1990, having been trialled for the previous year in Scotland. It was a fixed rate of local tax, charged per adult to fund local authorities, replacing the previous domestic rates charged per property.

Manchester Town Hall with words 'Splits on the Left'

Chapter 12, Splits on the Left, is now online

As the title suggests, this chapter mostly covers the conflict, splits and deals between different parts of the Labour Group on the Council and the City Labour Party in the period 1988 to 1992.