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A Literary Luncheon with former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone April 13, £20, Sidmouth Rugby Club, sold out

We are very excited to announce what promises to be a fascinating talk and evening with senior political figure Ken Livingstone. Ken will also be launching his new book Being Red.

Being Red A Politics for the Future by Ken Livingstone

How should the left govern? In the wake of a huge surge of interest in the Labour Party, Ken Livingstone serves up an insider's account of the Party and its future, at a pivotal moment in its history. At a time when many are now looking to revive Labour's potential, Livingstone has form. His account takes us from the self-proclaimed 'radical socialism' of the Greater London Council, to his controversial independent candidacy that saw him branded as 'dangerous' by the Blairites, to the political battles against privatisation and pollution that characterised his time as Mayor. At each point, he suggests possible lessons for those who would seek to follow, or improve on, his achievements today. Having spent years at the head of the GLC, served two terms as London Mayor, and having gone head to head with Boris Johnson, Being Red offers a clear-sighted study of the left's possibilities and limitations, with reflections on the current state of the Labour Party and a look into its future.

Detail: Drinks 12.30pm, 2 course lunch followed by a talk and signing.