A special visit from Lord Hughes to LCID’s Members Reception

With all eyes on the VP speakers at the front, few attending the LCID Members Reception would have noticed the gentleman at the back who popped in, listened and then slipped away. It was Bob Hughes (Lord Hughes of Woodside).  Bob Hughes was a Labour MP for Aberdeen North from 1970 till 1997 and served as Under Secretary of State for Scotland in Harold Wilson’s Government in 1974 before resigning over Labour’s incomes policy. However Bob’s main political legacy is as a great internationalist. He was Chair of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) from 1976 until it was dissolved in 1995 after the ending of apartheid in South Africa.

Under his energetic chairmanship the Anti-Apartheid Movement campaigned against the Thatcher government’s refusal to impose sanctions against South Africa in the 1980s and helped organise the 1988 ‘Free Mandela’ 70th birthday concert at Wembley stadium which was televised by the BBC and broadcast around the world (read all about it at http://tonyhollingsworth.com/?q=content/nelson-mandela-70th-birthday-tribute). Eighteen months later Mandela was freed.

Lord Hughes attended the independence celebrations in Namibia in 1990 and acted as an observer at South Africa’s first democratic elections in April 1994. After the dissolution of the AAM he became the first Chairperson of its successor organisation, Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).

We are proud to have him as a member of LCID.

Alastair Osborne is the Scottish Officer for LCID

Members Reception: Tomorrow, 7pm

Please join us for this year’s LCID Annual Members Reception on Tuesday 16th July in The Jubilee Room, Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament. The reception will begin at 7pm

Our reception is a thank you to our members. If you are not a member, please join on the door or online at LCID.org.uk/join.
Speaking at the event will be Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary Ivan Lewis MP. He will speak alongside our new Honorary Vice-Presidents including Unite Assistant General Secretary Gail Cartmail, Alison McGovern MP, Debbie Abrahams MP, Stephen Doughty MP and Stephen Timms MP.
The reception will be an opportunity to reflect on Labour’s direction of travel towards 2015, how we can ensure we retain our position as leaders on international development, and how you can get involved in making that happen.
To RSVP please click here.