Friday 17 November 2017, 6.15PM
Speaker(s): Giles Udy, historian and Chris Williamson MP
A hard-left insurgency. BBC reporters intimidated. An "occasionally toxic atmosphere" of anti-Semitism.
Whether genuine scandals or gossip whipped up by the media, the Labour party has certainly faced turbulence since electing Jeremy Corbyn as leader. Reports have emerged of a hard-left takeover from the grassroots upwards, in the wake of an election in which Conservative campaign posters were daubed with swastikas and MPs were subject to abuse online.
Theresa May inadvertently nicknamed the Tories the “nasty party” in 2002. But now political commentators — from LBC’s Maajid Nawaz to Paul Dacre’s Daily Mail — have flipped this label, dubbing Corbyn’s Labour the “real nasty party”.
Agree? Disagree? Scandals or smears? Socialism or ‘brocialism’?
The York Union is proud to welcome historian Giles Udy and Chris Williamson MP to debate the motion ‘This House Believes Corbyn’s Labour is the Real “Nasty Party”’.
Giles Udy is a council member of the Keston Institute, has studied Soviet Communism for over fifteen years and is author of the recently published ‘Labour and the Gulag: Russia and the Seduction of the British Left’. Chris Williamson is Member of Parliament for Derby North, Shadow Minister for Fire and Emergency Services and is the “most pro-Jeremy Corbyn candidate in England’s most marginal constituency”.
As always, there will be an extensive open-floor Q&A in which the audience can engage and challenge the opinions of our panellists. We look forward to welcoming and hearing from you!
To cover the expenses of hosting the event, we have a suggested donation of £2 from students and £4 from members of the public. The York Union is a strictly not-for-profit organisation and is run by a small group of volunteers.
Location: Bowland auditorium, Berrick Saul building
Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.