Ken Loach was the keynote guest at yesterday’ benefit fundraiser for Salford Unemployed & Community Resource Centre.
Several Clwyd South CLP members and supporters were in attendance for a fantastic afternoon and evening of socialist politics and culture to raise money for a community resource that was described by local MP and shadow cabinet member Rebecca Long-Bailey as the ‘4th emergency service’.
Our own constituency secretary Jackie Owen, was in attendance and she proudly described how she was one of the founders of the centre when she was Secretary of Salford Trades Council in 1980s.
After the showing of two of Loach’s films, ‘Spirit of 45’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake’, Loach led a packed-out Q & A. The discussion left no doubt of the impact of films such as ‘Cathy Come Home, Kez and I, Daniel Blake have had on raising the consciousness of people to the intolerable inequality that still stalks the 5th largest economy in the World!
What was also clear was Loach’s commitment to eliminating such inequality through the implementation of socialist policies. Loach welcomed the Labour Party manifesto at the last election as offering the best solution for a generation that would, if implemented, begin the end of homelessness, intolerable living conditions and food banks.
The evening was rounded off by performances from poets Attila the Stockbroker & JB Barrington, comedian Smug Roberts and local bands. These performances were punctuated by passionate speeches from the region’s UNISON leader and Rebecca Long-Bailey MP.
A tremendously successful fund raiser that also helped highlight the massive inequalities that our people suffer and helped energise those in attendance to continue the fight for a Labour Government with socialist positives that will represent the many and not the few.