With the former head of the Crown Prosecution Service leading the Labour Party, we’ll ask how the Left should respond. This panel will explore the legacy of the Labour Party’s relationship to the repressive apparatus of the Carceral State - from Blair’s indefinite detention of terror suspects to Corbyn’s ‘more Bobbies on the beat’ rhetoric - and ask: how must the left respond to current Labour discourse around being ‘tough on crime’? What’s the appropriate position to take now that Britain’s former ‘top cop’ is leading the Labour Party? And what would it even mean for the Left to be in charge of the military or intelligence services?
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Ilyas Nagdee is a writer and activist with a focus on securitisation, counter-terrorism, policing and civil liberties.
Siobhán McGuirk is an anthropologist, writer, filmmaker and curator based at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is an editor of Red Pepper magazine and of Asylum for Sale: Profit & Protest in the Migration Industry (PM Press, 2020)
Neha is a PhD student, migrant justice campaigner & executive member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.