I am looking forward to speaking tonight at the first meeting of a new Liverpool Fabians group.
The event takes place at 7pm in the St Mary's Millennium Centre in West Derby Village.
I am leading a discussion about how to reduce inequality.
For more information about the new group, contact Stephen Twigg on stephen@twigg4westderby
I will be back in the north-west for a one-day conference The Choice for 2010 on Saturday 13th March in Manchester, being hosted by the Greater Manchester Fabian Society.
More details of the event - where speakers include Andy Burnham and James Purnell - are available on the Greater Manchester Fabians blog.
To book your place email Graham_Whitham@hotmail.co.uk. The event will cost £5 to attend to cover room and other costs.
Our 65 local societies do a great job at hosting political discussions around the UK - holding hundreds of events across the year. I spoke at a very enjoyable event last week in Southampton where I gave a lecture to celebrate the retirement of Frank Billett who had been secretary of the local group for more than 40 years. I will post the speech on the website and blog shortly.
Here are some more of this month's local Fabian events.
Birmingham Fabian Society
Friday 5 February 2010 7.00pm-9.00pm
Winning for Women - Winning the Women's Vote in the General Election.
Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, B3 3BS
For more information contact Andrew Coulson on 0121 414 4966 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Rosa Birch on email@example.com
Reading and District Fabian Society
10th February 7.30pm
Dr. Terry Davies of The Met Office
“Paying to Change the Planet”
How can we influence climate change?
Must we expand nuclear power?
What is the real cost of renewable energy?
Is publicity to try to reduce world population the best way forward?
RISC - 35-39 London Street, Reading, UK, RG1 4PS
More information from Tony Skuse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Newham Fabian Society
Friday 12th February at 7pm
Richard Wilkinson is coming to Wanstead Library to promote his book, The Spirit Level. Wilkinson explores how economic inequality in developed societies affects social cohesion, health, crime, education levels, etc. It is highly influential and easy to read. It is a good weapon for those fighting for a more equal society.
The event will be chaired by a fellow Newham Fabian, Kevin Mansell. Tickets are £5 but Newham Fabians can get them for a reduced rate of £3
Please call Vivian at the bookshop to get your ticket on
020 8552 9993
Southampton Area Fabian Society
Tuesday 16th February at 7.30 pm
How Democratic are Foundation Trusts? Mutuals in Public Services
Andrew Pope, Secretary Southampton Fabian Society & Trade Union Liaison Officer Southampton Labour Party
For details please contact Andrew Pope c/o email@example.com
Bournemouth Fabian Society
Friday 26th February at 7.30pm
Professor Alan Whitehead MP
“Housebuilding – More or better?”
Venue: The Friends Meeting House, Wharncliffe Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth
Details from Ian Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org