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Waiting for the RevolutionThe British Far Left from 1956$
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Evan Smith and Matthew Worley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526113658

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526113658.001.0001

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Networks of solidarity

Networks of solidarity

The London left and the 1984–85 miners’ strike

(p.125) 7 Networks of solidarity
Waiting for the Revolution

Diarmaid Kelliher

Manchester University Press

Alongside the 1984-5 British miners’ strike developed a large and diverse support campaign. This chapter focuses on the role of London’s radical left in that movement, emphasising how activists constructed solidarity networks between the coalfields and the capital. Alongside the activity of members of the Communist Party and Trotskyist groups, it discusses feminist, black, and lesbian and gay support groups, highlighting how the miners’ industrial struggle resonated and was politicised in diverse ways. The chapter shows how radical left Labour members and local councils sought to blur the distinction between institutional and extra-parliamentary activism through their support for the strike. This complex support movement therefore challenged the boundaries of the radical left and class politics, reflecting a broader period of flux and realignment

Keywords:   Miners’ Strike, Communist Party, Communism, Trade Unions, Identity politics

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