London Speaks - Messages of Support for Poplar100
A Message from Stephen Timms MP for East Ham - 11 April 2021
"The Poplar Councillors, led by the pioneering Christian Socialist, George Lansbury, and including my predecessor Susan Lawrence, took an inspiring stand which has never been forgotten. It led to lasting change. It is right, a hundred years on, to celebrate their achievement this year.”
A Message from Apsana Begum MP for Poplar and Limehouse - 8 April 2021
"The thirty Poplar Councillors imprisoned - including a pregnant Nellie Cressall - for standing up for their poorest constituents are an inspiration for working class communities. Their struggles and sacrifices to represent the poorest communities highlight that wherever unfair and discriminatory policies present themselves, they should be met with firm action that stands up for the human, economic, social and political rights and that be led by those privileged enough to be elected to public office.
100 years may have passed, but the issue of inequality that the Poplar rebels fought sadly remains to be fought today. The Tory government’s policies has delivered record levels of child poverty, foodbank usage, overcrowded and poor housing that is blighting communities in the very streets the Rebels marched. Cases and enquiries that me and my team tackle reflect this every day stark inequality.
As the Member of Parliament for Poplar and Limehouse, I will continue to represent the interests of the working class communities here, in Parliament, on the picket lines and in demonstrations - in the spirit of the Poplar Council rebels all those years ago.“
A Message from Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham - 7 April 2021
"It is vital that we celebrate this landmark centenary. 100 years ago Labour in local government stood strong in successfully resisting central government on behalf of the poor and underprivileged of the East End – what we now term ‘Poplarism’. Thousands marched in support of their thirty imprisoned Borough Council representatives led by George Lansbury in one of the landmark struggles in working class history.”
A Message from John McDonnell MP for Hayes and Harlington - 6 April 2021
"This project is importantly relevant because there is so much not just to commemorate but also so much to learn from the courageous struggle of the Poplar Councillors. Their story not only inspires but also informs current campaigns of what is possible when people stand up for what is right no matter what the odds against them.”