About the show
Selected highlights from the launch of 'A Greater London', considering the legacy of the Greater London Council of 1981-86 and the lessons we can learn from it today. For five years London hosted a radical experiment in local government. The Labour controlled Greater London Council championed antisexism, antiracism, LGBT rights, workplace democracy and community-controlled development. In 1986, Margaret Thatcher abolished the institution, and most people arriving in the city since have never heard of it. The 'A Greater London' project aims to recover this lost history. The launch discussion features Linda Bellos, Hilary Wainwright and Loraine Leeson as well as a number of other GLC members from the period. Introduced by Natasha Nkonde and Deborah Grayson and hosted by K Biswas.