Shadow chancellor McDonnell to speak at Croydon Assembly

John McDonnell and Andrew Fisher, two key players within Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership team, are among the invited speakers at the third Croydon Assembly, to be staged at Ruskin House on November 7.

John McDonnell with the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Brighton today: much of their economic policy has been drafted in Croydon

John McDonnell, left, with the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Entitled “Fighting the Tories – a Manifesto for Action”, the day’s discussion aims to influence the writing of a manifesto as a part of the national debate on a way forward for society and as a guide for campaigning in the local area.

Andrew Fisher is the Croydon-based union official and author of The Failed Experiment and occasional Inside Croydon contributor who last month was recruited as a political adviser to Corbyn, following his election as Labour leader.

The MP for Hayes and Harlington in west London, McDonnell is now Labour’s shadow chancellor, who has addressed previous sessions of the Croydon Assembly.

Other invited speakers include Ellen Clifford, of Disabled People Against Cuts, and Christine Blower, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers.

The organisers say, “Our policy groups have been hard at work putting together the manifesto and they will present their proposals on November 7. You can debate them, put forward your own ideas and suggest amendments. A final draft will then go out for consultation before publication.

“There’ll be groups on education, welfare and housing, health, the economy, political representation and democracy, refugees, asylum and racism, the environment and international policy.”

The event is open to all, including Croydon MPs. Doors open at 10am, and the session is expected to last until 4.40pm, at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, CRO 1BD .

You can register here, or just turn up on the day.


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