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Monthly round up

Every month, we share what our teams have been up to in the UK and Europe.

We have been busy again this month…

Strike Action

The start of the month saw the Society of Radiographers (SCoR) take its third day of strike action – with PR focusing on the need for more professionals to meet #politicians’ aims of reducing patient waiting times. 

Communications review

Member journeys from join, renew and into activism were mapped at a workshop with Transport Salaried Staff Association (TSSA) as part of our communications review. We’re looking forward to working with the newly elected General Secretary as the plan unfolds. 

Comms crisis training

We hope we never have to face a crisis, but planning for the worst is better than hoping for the best. That’s why Victoria Barlow and Adi Bloom enjoyed two-days with Alzheimer Research UK training on the charity’s incident comms plan.  

Celebrity Scandals

On the same theme of comms crises, Becky Slack contributed to a Third Sector Publication article on how charities should handle celebrity scandals.  

Strategic workshops

Building unions for the future was the focus of a strategic workshop with Unions21 where Victoria Barlow and Becky Wright helped senior leaders determine priority audiences, narrative, offer and activities. 

Press Coverage

Elsewhere, Catherine Cooper continues securing coverage for Tree of Hope, from a Diwali festival raising funds for specialised physiotherapy, to a woman embarking on a trek to help a friend’s daughter.

New Statesman podcast

Productivity is key to unlocking economic growth, improved public services and a happier, healthier population. In a New Statesman Spotlight podcast, Becky Slack spoke with city leaders about the crucial role cities can play in boosting Britain’s prosperity. How thriving cities can unlock UK productivity – with PwC ( 

Conferences and meetings across Europe

Both Becky and Vic had a busy month of travel with meetings and events in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Budapest, Gent and Brussels.... In Liverpool, Becky and Vic were at Labour party conference where between them they chaired 17 New Statesman panel events and roundtables on subjects as diverse as the transition to net zero, war crimes in Ukraine, tax reform, life sciences, housing and social care. More to come soon! 


Holocaust distortion is a growing phenomenon that can lead to antisemitism, hate speech and violence. On a story-gathering exercise in Budapest with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Becky learnt about how by safeguarding the memory of the Holocaust, we can better protect our own future as democratic and human rights-oriented nation states.     

50th Anniversary

Brussels Labour, of which Becky is vice-chair, celebrated its 50th anniversary on 15 October in the fabulous Town Hall on Grand Place in Brussels. With speeches and video messages from Will Hutton, Ans Persoons, Stella Creasy and Neil Kinnock, among others, the importance of maintaining links with the EU was clear.   

Plotting and scheming

Vic and Becky got together in Belgium for two days of plotting, scheming and strategising for Agenda. They were delighted that Paulina, who is usually based in Madrid, was able to join for some of the time. There are lots of exciting plans in the pipeline – watch this space for details! 

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