Far Left Book Competition

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As regular readers of this blog are probably aware, our edited collection Against the Grain: The British Far Left from 1956 will be published by Manchester University Press next month. To publicise the book, I am running a competition through this blog (and hopefully cross-posted with a few others) to win a copy of the book (to be posted anywhere in the world). Below are ten questions on the history of the British far left (ranging from 1949 to 1987), which all have answers that can be found on the internet. Please email your answers to hatfulofhistory@gmail.com. I will hold the competition open until 11:59PM on Monday 6th October (Adelaide time or +9.30 GMT). All of those who get 10 out of 10 for the answers will have their name put in a hat and one winner will be drawn on Tuesday 7 October. The answers and the winner will be posted on this blog once the winner is notified via email. The outcome of this draw will be considered final and no negotiations over answers will be entered into. Sorry, but contributors to the collection cannot enter the competition.

So here are the questions:

  1. What electoral district did Harry Pollitt contest for the Communist Party in a 1949 by-election? EDIT 5/10: I took this question from Alison Joe’s The Death of Uncle Joe and made a mistake. Pollitt contested a seat in the 1950 general election. John Mahon contested a seat in a 1949 by-election (which Pollitt famously commented on). I will accept an answer for either: which seat did Pollitt contest in 1950, or which seat did Mahon contest in 1949?
  2. Stuart Hall and Ralph Samuel were both on the editors of which new left journal?
  3. Gerry Healy’s The Club was transformed into the Socialist Labour League in which year?
  4. What was the name of the anti-Vietnam War organisation that the CPGB initially supported, in rivalry with the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign?
  5. The first issue of the modern version of Black Dwarf appeared in 1968 (the ‘We Shall Fight, We Shall Win’ edition). What was its volume and issue number?
  6. In 1972, Peter Doyle, as a member of the Militant Tendency, acquired which position on the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee?
  7. What was the name of the SWP’s black activist newspaper?
  8. Which factional journal first appeared as a ‘Communist Theoretical Journal’ in the winter of 1981/82?
  9. In July 1985, Anti-Fascist Action was established by Red Action, Searchlight, the Newham Monitoring Project and several other groups in which London building?
  10. Who was the first Conservative MP to be interviewed in Marxism Today?

Once again, please email your answers by Monday 6th October to hatfulofhistory@gmail.com.

If you aren’t lucky enough to win a copy of the book, you can purchase a copy (for a slightly discounted price) here.

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