Two thousand people marched to Labour's conference on Sunday
Brighton's other conference
TWELVE HUNDRED people attended an inspiring counter-conference in Brighton on Sunday to debate the ideas New Labour has long since abandoned. The conference was called in solidarity with the protests against the IMF and World Bank in Prague.
Tickets for the counter-conference sold out two weeks before the event. Hundreds of people packed into an overflow venue. Some people who could not get into the event were able to join a 2,000-strong march afterwards to New Labour's conference, demanding an end to big business policies.
The counter-conference buzzed with debate in plenary sessions and workshops. Speakers included leading anti-capitalist figure Susan George, campaigning Guardian columnist George Monbiot, Tony Benn MP and broadcaster Mark Thomas.
"This is an inspiring event," George Monbiot told Socialist Worker. "It shows a thirst for discussing the real issues rather than the froth and spin of New Labour." Susan George said, "Today is part of a global movement which is educating and organising itself."
- People protested in towns across Britain in solidarity with S26 in Prague on Tuesday.