Labour Party conference: a meeting to discuss Basic Income

On Tuesday 27 September the think tanks Compass and Christians on the Left sponsored a fringe meeting on ‘Universal Basic Income – should Labour lead the Way?’

Speakers included Zoe Williams, Jonathan Reynolds MP, John McDonnell MP, Karen Buck MP, Neal Lawson – Compass, Anthony Painter – RSA.

A full report on the event has appeared in The Independent.

(The title of the Independent article is not strictly accurate. In 1921 a resolution appeared on the agenda of the party conference proposing that once in government the party should implement a National Minimum Income for All, as proposed by the State Bonus League ( – the National Executive Committee advised conference to vote against the resolution as there was already enough on the party’s agenda); and among more recent discussions involving Labour Party MPs was a recent parliamentary discussion at a Westminster Hall debate.)