Events

Upcoming events

Join us in Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Humberside for our ‘Winning England’ series, with more events to be announced soon.

When the English Labour Network was launched in July 2017 we were one of the few organisations arguing that Labour had to win in England, outside the major cities, to form a government.

A lot has happened since then. Backed by data from the amazing Centre for Towns, the future of English towns is now at the centre of political debate. The Labour Party has deployed community organisers in key constituencies, and Jeremy Corbyn has launched a powerful video setting our Labour’s message for England outside the cities.

But Labour still lags behind the Tories amongst working class voters. Those who feel English more than they feel British are much less likely to see Labour as their party.

Join local Labour MPs and councillors, the English Labour Network director John Denham and Labour members to answer the following questions:

  • How do we appeal to patriotic voters?
  • How do we recognise strong local and national identities?
  • What policies come top of voters’ concerns in these areas?
  • How do we campaign effectively and show Labour stands for their interests?

This summer, millions of people shared the success of England’s football team now. Now is the time to set out a shared vision of an England that works for the common good.

Winning England: How can Labour reach voters in Yorkshire?
Speakers: Shadow cabinet minister Jon Trickett MP, Rachel Reeves MP, Cllr Judith Blake  (Leeds Council Leader) and our director John Denham
Date: Saturday 20 October 10am-12.30pm
Venue: Civic Hall, Calverley St, Leeds LS1 1UR
All Labour party members are welcome at this event. RSVP HERE.

Winning England: How can Labour reach voters in Staffordshire?
Speakers: Ruth Smeeth MP, Gareth Snell MP, Stoke South’s Parliamentary candidate Mark McDonald
Date: Saturday 3 November 10am-12.30pm
Venue: GMB West Midlands, Ceramics House, Garth Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 2AB
All Labour party members are welcome at this event. RSVP: j.jervis@eln.org.uk.

Winning England: How can Labour reach voters in Humberside?
Speakers: Diana Johnson MP and our director John Denham
Date: Saturday 17 November 10am-12.30pm
Venue: Adult Education Centre, Park Avenue, Hull, HU5 4DA
All Labour party members are welcome at this event. RSVP HERE.

Listen to past events

  • Southampton Fabians: Listen to John Denham’s talk here.
  • Launch event: “Winning England: Building the English Labour Network”, took place at Labour Party Conference, 5.30pm on Tuesday 26 September. Watch speeches from Shabana Mahmood MP, Justin Madders MP and Cllr Sam Tarry here.

Past events

Winning England: How can Labour reach voters in East London?
Speakers: Jon Cruddas MP, John Denham (ELN director and former Cabinet Minister), and Cllr Margaret Mallane, hosted by Dagenham and Rainham CLP.
– Date: Thursday 27 September – 7:30pm
– Venue: Village Hall Community Centre, 18 Vicarage Rd, Dagenham RM10 9SD.
All Labour party members are welcome at this event.

Conference: The Past and Future of Labour England
Join us for a joint academic conference with Renewal and KCL. Speakers include Anthony Barnett, John Denham, David Edgerton, Sunder Katwala, Tariq Modood Colm Murphy, Nick Pearce, Anna Rowlands, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite and Jon Wilson.
– Date: Wednesday 19 September, 9.30am – 5.30pm
– Venue: Anatomy Museum, King’s College London, The Strand, LondonWC2R 2LS

Winning England: What should Labour know about the English?
We now have a wealth of evidence about who feels English (and British) and how these are reflected in voters values, politics, and how the country is governed locally and nationally. Join the English Labour Network’s director John Denham and Professor Will Jennings for presentations designed to help Labour MPs, their staff, and other activists, understand more about the makeup of their constituencies.
– Date: Monday 10th September, 5pm-7pm
– Venue: Committee Room 12 in the House of Commons.

Havering Fabians
Cllr Jonathon Hawkes talks about the work of the English Labour Network
Date: 22nd May, 7.30pm
Venue: TBC

The Importance of an English Labour Manifesto
John Denham in discussion with Colchester Fabians

All local Labour groups welcome
Date: 17 May, 7pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, Hexagonal Meeting Room, 6 Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF

For Labour, England and St George – why national identity matters to the left
John Denham in discussion with Cllr Vince Maple and Cllr Jonothan Hawkes.
All Labour party members welcome
Date: 24th April, 7.30pm
Venue: Pavillion, The Grove, Swanscombe, DA10 0AD

Yorkshire & the Humber Regional Labour Party Conference Stall
Date: 10 March, all day
Venue: Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, BD18 3JS

Bournemouth Fabians – English identity and the English Labour Network, with John Denham
Date: 23 February, 7.30pm
Venue: The Friends Meeting House, Warncliffe Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH5 1AH
Tickets and more details here.

East Midlands Regional Conference Stall
Date: 17 February, all day
Venue: Holywell Conference Centre, Holywell Way, Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, Loughborough LE11 3GR

UWE meeting – all Bristol Labour groups welcome
Discuss with John Denham the politics of England, the growing impact of Englishness on British politics, and the ELN’s campaign for an English Labour manifesto.

Date: Tuesday 6 February, 6pm.
Venue: Tbc – latest details here.

Winning Kent, Winning England
Hear John Denham (Director of the English Labour Network and former Cabinet Minister), in conversation with Cllrs Ed Rennie, Naushabah Khan and Vince Maple.
Date: Saturday 13 January, 12.30pm – 14.15pm.
Venue: Stanhope Parish Rooms, Otterden close, Stanhope, Ashford, Kent, TN23-5TG.

Fabian Society Conference stall
Date: Saturday 13 January, 9.30pm – 4pm.

Venue: Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ. Tickets and details here.