May 26th

On this day in 1949, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was born. Corbyn has served as MP for Islington North for 34 years, primarily as a backbencher before running for the position of Labour Leader in 2015. Born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, before moving to Shropshire, Corbyn became interested in politics from a young age actively participating…

May 24th

On May 24th 1995, Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister 1964-70 and 1974-76 died of cancer. Wilson was a political, economic and social moderniser who sought to advance Britain through his championing of technocratic education. This quote from one of Britain’s great statesmen goes a long way in capturing how we move forward from the last…

May 23rd

On May 23rd 1945 the British World War II Coalition came to an end, shortly after Germany’s surrender on May 8th. May 8th 1940 saw Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain ask Labour and the Liberals to join him in a coalition government in an act of National Unity, after narrowly surviving a motion of no confidence…

May 11th

On this day in 2010, David Cameron became prime minister, forming the first coalition government since World War Two. ”I believe together we can provide that strong and stable government that our country needs based on those values – rebuilding family, rebuilding community, above all, rebuilding responsibility in our country.” -an extract from David Cameron’s…

May 8th

On May 8th 1919 Australian soldier and journalist Edward George Honey suggested a period of silence on Armistice Day to commemorate lives in World War One. The two minutes silence on November the 11th is now a popularised tradition across the Commonwealth which remembers the fatalities of world conflict. Honey made his suggestion (coincidentally on…

May 7th

On May 7th 2015, UK voters went to the polls in the most recent general election. The Conservative Party victory sealed Britain’s path towards Brexit. Infamously missed by pollsters, who long predicted a hung parliament akin to 2010, the Conservatives emerged with an outright majority (albeit a small 12) and David Cameron returned for his…

May 5th

On May 5th, 1926, the British government issued the order to the Boards of Guardians to refuse relief to strikers. The context of this decision was the General Strike of 1926, in which the Trade Union Congress approved a strike of all unionised workers across the rail, transport, mining and shipping industries.