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Black-E Theatre

Painting the Towns Red
New Socialist

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In 2017 and 2018, Labour made gains in large cities – especially London. Elsewhere, the picture has been more mixed. In some towns, like Canterbury and Plymouth, Labour did better than expected. In others, Labour struggled – and some commentators have suggested a problem in ‘towns’ generally. This panel challenges that narrative by discussing the needs of varied types of town, how to revive and support local democracy, and what it will take for Labour to win everywhere.


Daniel Frost
Activist // New Socialist

New Socialist contributing editor and a Labour and Momentum activist in Croydon. He is a PhD student and UCU member at the University of Reading.

Gareth Eales

Borough and County Councillor in Northamptonshire, and the Labour PPC for Northampton South. He is a postal worker at the Royal Mail and a member of the CWU.

Jawad Khan

Trade Union Representative on the Young Labour National Committee, and GMB Young Members’ National Communications Officer. He is an activist in Batley and Spen CLP.

Emily Owen

Labour PPC for Aberconwy

Sonya Ward

Labour PPC for Mansfield and Leader of Mansfield District Council Labour Group.