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Poplar's Rates Rebellion

The 1921 rebellion in Poplar, east London, when thirty Labour councillors went to prison rather than cut services or increase rates.

Poplar Council 1921: Last Words Before Prison

Submitted by Janine on 07 October 2014 at 18:02

In 1921, thirty Labour Councillors in Poplar went to prison to protest at an unfair rating system that penalised poor boroughs. They eventually won their fight. Here are the parting messages from the Councillors (well, most of them, anyway) as printed in the Daily Herald on 1st September 1921, the date that arrests began.

I, Minnie Lansbury

Submitted by Janine on 02 September 2021 at 21:16
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At 3pm, Janine speaks on a panel about Minnie Lansbury and the Poplar rates rebellion in a seminar taking place immediately before the premiere of a new play on this subject at 5pm.

Venue: RADA Studios, 16 Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX

TUC/Tolpuddle talk: Centenary of the Poplar Rates Rebellion

Submitted by Janine on 18 December 2020 at 15:44
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Janine Booth tells the story of a working-class borough’s fightback against austerity and thirty councillors who went to prison for refusing to levy rates that their citizens could not afford to pay. Celebrate the centenary of an inspiring struggle which holds lessons for today.

Author interview - premiere!

Submitted by Janine on 13 October 2020 at 10:37
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Five Leaves bookshop, publisher of Janine's biography of Minnie Lansbury, interviews Janine about writing, lockdown, politics, motivation and lots more. Warning: may contain book extracts and poetry.