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Labouring for Peace

A new book by Grace Crookall-Greening and Rosalie Huzzard charts the history of the peace movement in the Labour Party from the end of the Second World War to the present day.

Grace Crookall-Greening is the former editor of Labour Action for Peace publications and Rosalie Huzzard is the former President of the UK section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Their new book draws on archival material, especially newsletters and pamphlets, as well as public speeches and personal experiences. It pays tribute to the men and women members of Labour Action for Peace who have campaigned over the past 60 years to bring pacifism and disarmament to the forefront of Labour Party policy and to Britain’s international relations.

The book includes a foreword by Tony Benn MP and special tributes to Frank Allaun and Ron Huzzard.

Jeremy Corbyn, who launched the book last week at the Labour Party Conference, complimented Grace and Rosalie on their commitment and brilliant chronicling of a great campaign. He also comments that:

As Nato gears up for yet more interventions and the ‘defence industry’ lobbies hard for new nuclear weapons, aircraft carriers and drone aircraft, we should stop for a moment and consider how much safer the world would be if those highly skilled jobs were put to dealing with health crises, food shortages and environmental sustainability rather than wars and destruction.

In his Foreword to the new publication, Tony Benn writes:

This history of Labour Action for Peace is a must for the growing number of people opposed to the wars waged by Britain and America since the Second World War. It also shows what can be done by committed people.

The book is published by CAM Yorkshire.

The book is £6.75, including postage and packing. To order a copy, please contact Richard Hart at 94 Newbury Road, Bromley, Kent BR2 0QW or at lafp@gmail.com. Please make cheques out to ‘Labour Action for Peace’. For bulk orders at reduced rates, please use contact details above.

You can also attend the launch of the book on Monday 31 October at 6:00pm, House of Commons, Westminster (Room 20). The launch will be chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP with guest speaker Tony Benn.

Labouring for Peace, 2011
ISBN 978-0- 9532423-6-8

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