The guest speaker for this inaugural event will be Andrew Harrop, the general secretary of the Fabian Society.
The Fabian Society is Britain’s oldest political think tank. Founded in 1884, the Society says that it is at the forefront of developing political ideas and public policy on the left. The society was one of the original founders of the Labour Party and is constitutionally affiliated as a socialist society.
Every Labour Prime Minister, from Ramsay MacDonald to Gordon Brown, has been a Fabian, and its notable founders and subsequent members have included George Bernard Shaw, Rupert Brooke, Emmeline Pankhurst, Ernest Bevin, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and HG Wells.
At present, the Fabians have six central programmes:
Born equal – tackling economic inequality
Britain’s future – identity, constitution and the UK’s place in the world
Together – public services, communities and collective endeavour
Green lives – the environment and citizens
Business for us all – innovation, responsibility and long-termism
Facing the Future – rebuilding, reaching out, reconnecting
The Croydon and Sutton Fabians hope to offer an insightful series of talks and discussions in coming months, with speakers already lined up and to be announced in due course.
The venue for the inaugural meeting is Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road. For more information on joining this new society, get in touch with Matthew Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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