In 1921, the recently elected Poplar Borough Council found itself on the wrong end of a ruling by the High Court and 30 Councillors were sent to jail for Contempt of Court.

Their crime was a refusal to collect the cross-London precept for the London County Council, the Metropolitan Police, the Metropolitan Asylums Board and the Metropolitan Water Board from their poverty stricken residents.

The Poplar 100 project was established by the George Lansbury Trust to mark the centenary of the rebellion.

First published on 24/07/2016 in the Financial Times, the latest article by Jon Cruddas MP can be found by clicking HERE

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