July 12th

On this day, King William III’  decisive defeat of King James II in the Battle of the Boyne is celebrated by the annual Orange Order March.

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July 10th

On this day in 1040, legend dictates that Lady Godiva rode naked through Coventry on market day in order to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes.

July 9th

On July 9th 1955 the Russell-Einstein Manifesto was released during a press conference at Caxton Hall, London. In the midst of a Nuclear Arms Race between the USA and USSR, it sought to raise the grave dangers to mankind posed by nuclear weapons and press for peaceful resolutions to Cold War tensions. The first of the international…

July 8th

July 8th 2002 marked the passing of the Tax Credits Act which aimed to provide further financial top-ups to workers with low-paid jobs. Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown championed the legislation as the greatest welfare reform since Beveridge, with 5.75 million families eligible and benefiting thereafter. In 1942 British economist and social reformer, William Beveridge…

July 5th

On this day in 1945, Britain held a postwar general election which saw Labour leader Clement Attlee enter 10 Downing Street by the end of the month with his party winning its first ever parliamentary majority.

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…