Liverpool 47: Socialism on Trial
Liverpool's Socialist councillors, the Liverpool 47, recount Merseyside's battle against Thatcher in 1983 - 1987.
The Liverpool 47 councillors present their own official history of Liverpool City Council's epic struggle against the hated Thatcher government.
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September 2004: Open Letter From Members Of The 47 Group Of Surcharged Councillors To Liverpool Dockers
Retrospectives: The Council That Took On Thatcher - 26 March 2004 and Liverpool- The City That Fought Back 20 September 2003
Liverpool's Socialist councillors built five thousand houses, created thousands of jobs, and opened more nursery schools in 1983 - 87 than any other city.
The Liverpool 47 councillors refused to transfer the burden of Margaret Thatchers' Tory government cuts on to the backs of the working people of Liverpool.
The ' Liverpool 47' adopted the slogan of ‘Better to Break the Law than Break the Poor’ which was first used by the jailed councillors of Poplar in 1919.
Liverpool's socialist-led council in 1983 - 87 was the only council which succeeded in extracting extra funding from Thatcher's Tory government.
Because the Liverpool 47 socialist councillors carried out their socialist promises, the achievements of that council have been buried in an avalanche of distortion.
The purpose of this website is to rescue from obscurity the great events and the personalities of those years and to open them to the scrutiny of anyone wishing for a serious examination of this key period in Liverpool’s history.
Liverpool - A city that Dared to Fight
By Peter Taaffe and Tony Mulhearn. 500 pages
The momentous events in Liverpool 1983 - 87
Penetrating inside story and political analysis of Liverpool city council's battle against the Thatcher government, written by leading participants.
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Produced by Tony Mulhearn, John Kennedy & Pete Mason
Pictures by Dave Sinclair