Clare Moody

MEP for the South West and Gibraltar

Tolpuddle 2017


It was great to spend the weekend at the Tolpuddle Martyrs' festival in Dorset. Tolpuddle is a celebration and commemoration of the sacrifice that those agricultural workers made back in 1834 in order to try and organise for better wages and better lives.


As well as seeing friends old and new from across the labour movement, I was also delighted to speak at a meeting on "Women and Brexit", as well as being part of the panel for the inaugural Tolpuddle Question Time. Topics raised including Brexit (surprise, surprise...), local government finance, basic universal income, and rights for the disabled in the context of Brexit. It was also encouraging to sit on these panels with so many fantastic women including Thangam Debbonaire and Jo Stevens.


Thanks as ever must go to the organisers, South West TUC, for both the weekend as a whole and the fantastic procession through the village on Sunday. I look forward to returning next year and long into the future.

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