Mary Quaile Club event on 15 February 2014, Whatever Happened to the Welfare State?

First meeting of the Mary Quaile Club

First meeting of the Mary Quaile Club

The Mary  Quaile Club held a well-attended inaugural meeting on Saturday 15 February 2014  at Cornerstones Cafe, Langworthy, Salford.  An attentive audience heard Paula  Bartley discuss aspects of the life of Ellen Wilkinson,  including her involvement in the the suffragist  campaign, anti-fascism, the Jarrow Crusade and the 1945 Labour government. She was followed  by Hugh Caffrey who  gave a summary of  the campaign to save the NHS from privatisation and explained how  people can get involved.  The audience  then discussed  the issues raised for some time  with many people joining in.  It was generally agreed that it had been a sucessful and enjoyable event. The meeting  was filmed by Quays News. It was tweeted in real time  by Chloe on the MQC Twitter account @maryquaileclub.

Paula Bartley and Hugh Caffrey

Paula Bartley and Hugh Caffrey

The MQC is now planning events for April on the media and the 1984-85 miners strike and for May on trade unionism, past and present.  These will be posted here as soon as details have been finalised.

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