Stand up for Labour® offers a morale boosting night out for Labour Party supporters. It combines the best in comedy with inspiring speeches from leading party figures and trade unionists, and is an opportunity for local activists to rally together and raise funds in the process.
Since 2012 they have put on over 150 events for CLPs across the country (from Greenock to Greenwich; Llandudno to Lowestoft). Last year KKST Branch became the first BLP in the country to host a Stand up for Labour event at Keele University Student's Union and it was a rip-roaring night - you can read more about it here and watch some clips from older shows here.
Tickets are not expensive, at only £10 in advance (£15 on the night) and you can buy them by emailing Brian Johnson or calling him on 07725 918620. We aim to raise funds but we prefer to do so with a big crowd as the main idea is to gather together as many Labour supporters as possible to ensure an enjoyable evening.Of course, the ultimate aims are to get rid of the Tory government, to engage more with local Labour supporters and to give comedians the opportunity to perform in front of a cultured, informed audience.
This year we are fortunate to have Roger McKenzie as our guest speaker - with a possibility of another very special guest who has been in the news a lot over the last couple of months (more about that at a later date!).
Roger was appointed as an Assistant General Secretary of UNISON with responsibility for organising and recruitment in December 2010. Prior to that Roger was the West Midlands Regional Secretary of UNISON. Roger was also the regional secretary of the Midlands TUC for the 4 years up to 2008. Roger is the first black person to have held any of these roles.
Roger was born in Walsall and holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University International Trade Union Programme.
Prior to working full time in the trade union movement Roger had a varied work record which includes building labouring, painting and decorating, local government housing management, and trade union education tutoring in FE colleges.
Roger has extensive experience of working in the trade union movement at local, regional, national and international levels. He has also advised trade unionists, politicians and business leaders on employment related issues, especially on equality matters and in recognition of his work on equality Roger was awarded an OBE.