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Chainmakers’ festival success

18 September 2007
Tony Benn joined over 1,000 trade unionists and activists at the chainmakers’ festival at the Black Country living history museum in Dudley last Saturday.

People's Assembly reaffirms opposition to Blair's war - full report

24 March 2007
"We here at this assembly represent the opinions of the people far more than those in houses of parliament," said Tony Benn, president of the Stop the War Coalition, to hundreds of delegates at the People’s Assembly held in central London on Tuesday.

Video of Tony Benn addressing the demo in London, 24 February

03 March 2007
Veteran activist Tony Benn addressing the rally in Trafalgar Square at the end of the 100,000 strong Stop the War Coalition and CND 'Troops Out Now – No Trident Replacement' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The demonstration was in London on Saturday 24 February 2007.

Tony Benn: ‘Why we must all demonstrate on 24 February’

24 February 2007
‘People say, "What’s the point of demonstrations?" I got some letters four years ago after the big demonstration then and people said, "we had the demonstration, there were two million people there, but the war went ahead."

Paul Robeson tribute at Soas

30 September 2006
Tony Benn and Sir Willard White were among the speakers and performers at the unveiling of a plaque at School of Oriental and African Studies to honour Paul Robeson.

Tony Benn to join George Galloway on TalkSport after demonstration

23 September 2006
Tony Benn will be joining George Galloway on his TalkSport radio show on Saturday 23 September straight after the mass anti-war protest in Manchester. Tony and George will be discussing the anti-war movement, the politics of protest and the future for the left in this special show broadcast from Manchester.

Nine hundred at Sheffield anti-war rally

23 September 2006
An audience of 900 people in Sheffield heard veteran Labour left-winger Tony Benn warn that "war with Iran could be the beginning of a Third World War."

Video of Tony Benn speech at London Lebanon demonstration

05 August 2006
The speech given by veteran socialist campaigner Tony Benn to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006

Tony Benn says Blair should ‘follow the fate of Eden’

05 August 2006
Leading figures in the anti-war movement are calling on people to demonstrate in Manchester on Saturday 23 September at the Labour Party conference to drive Tony Blair from office.

Stop the War round-up

11 March 2006
Tower Hamlets Over 300 people came to a Stop the War rally in Tower Hamlets, east London on Wednesday of last week. The audience, which reflected the diversity of the local community, heard speakers including George Galloway, Rose Gentle and Tony Benn.

Blair on the ropes over attacks on comprehensive education

28 January 2006
The opposition to Tony Blair’s education plan is growing. Last week a crammed meeting saw Tony Benn and Alastair Campbell in the audience as activists Fiona Miller and Melissa Benn launched their new pamphlet defending comprehensive education.

Tony Benn — more reasons to march

10 September 2005
With hurricane Katrina, class and race divisions have surfaced in the US for everyone to see. Socialists have known about these for some time, but for many others it was a clear expression of what US capitalism has done to black people and the poor.

Marxism 2005 under way

09 July 2005
By 10am Friday morning 1,000 people had defied all obstacles to come to the delayed opening rally of Marxism 2005. After a minute's silence for all those killed in the London bombings and in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, they heard powerful and moving speeches from veteran socialist Tony Benn, Stop the War Coalition convenor Lindsey German, Respect MP George Galloway and Portuguese Left Bloc MP, Ana Drago.

ID cards: No to Labour’s ‘plastic poll tax’

09 July 2005
Over 300 people attended the "Even Bigger Brother" rally against ID cards on Wednesday of last week in London. Speakers included Tony Benn, Respect MP George Galloway and Shami Chakrabarti, the director of civil liberties organisation Liberty.

Palestine solidarity campaign AGM

05 March 2005
SOME 185 people came to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign annual general meeting in central London last Saturday. Speakers included Jeremy Corbyn MP and Tony Benn. Basim Sbaih from the Palestinian Political Prisoners Society spoke about the Israeli tactics of collective punishments and sieges, and the limits of Israel’s release of prisoners.

Recommendations from Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop

26 February 2005
To mark the publication of The Vote: How It Was Won and How It Was Undermined by Paul Foot, Bookmarks and Penguin are holding an evening of discussion with Tony Benn, Lindsey German and Michael Rosen in the Council Chamber, TUC Congress House, Gt Russell Street, London WC1, Tue 1 Mar, 7.30 for 8pm (Tickets £2.50 from Bookmarks). Order The Vote now from Bookmarks at the special reduced price of £20 (normally £25). Add £3 postage and packing.

Tony Benn reviews Paul Foot's 'The Vote'

26 February 2005
Tony Benn reviews Paul Foot’s last book, The Vote: How It Was Won and How It Was Undermined.

Tony Benn says make war the central election issue

19 February 2005
"ALL OUT for the 19 March demonstration," was the message of a successful fourth annual conference held by the Stop the War Coalition on Saturday of last week. Coalition president Tony Benn opened the 400-strong delegate conference. "We must make the war the central issue in the coming general election," he said.

New audience for the movement

29 January 2005
Tony Benn led the line-up of speakers at a meeting packed with over 400 students hosted by the Goldsmiths College Student Union Peace Campaign, and the Islamic Society last week. Also speaking at the south London university were Lindsey German of the Stop the War Coalition, Pat Arrowsmith from CND and Azzam Tamimi of the Muslim Association of Britain.

Iraq—bring the troops home public meetings

25 September 2004
Birmingham: with Tony Benn, Salma Yaqoob (Birmingham Stop the War Coalition), George Monbiot (campaigner and writer) and John Rees (Stop the War Coalition), 7.30pm, Friday 24 September, Irish Centre, 14-20 High Street, Digbeth (near Digbeth coach station).

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