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‘Being Red: a Politics for the Future’

In Being Red, Ken Livingstone reflects on the limits of parliamentary democracy and the challenges facing the Labour Party in the aftermath of the 2015 general election.

How should the left govern? In Being Red, Ken Livingstone provides a definitive account of both his years at the head of the Greater London Council and his two terms as London Mayor, offering a clear-sighted study of the democratic left’s possibilities and limitations, including reflections on the current state of the Labour Party and a look into its future.

At a time when many are now looking to revive Labour’s progressive potential, Livingstone has form. His account takes us from the self-proclaimed ‘radical socialism’ of the GLC, to his controversial independent candidacy that saw him branded as ‘dangerous’ and ‘antibusiness’ by the Blairites, to the political battles against privatisation and pollution that characterised his time as Mayor. At each point, he suggests possible lessons for those who would seek to follow, or improve, on his achievements today.

This book is published by the recently reborn Left Book Club http://www.leftbookclub.com


Mr Ken Livingstone | talks


Date and Time:

1 March 2016 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
N1 9DX
020 7837 4473

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