Platform speakers for the 135th Durham Miners' Gala


The Durham Miners' Association (DMA) is pleased to announce the platform speakers for the 135th Durham Miners' Gala.

The Big Meeting will be held on Saturday 13 July 2019, with the speeches on the racecourse getting underway at 1pm.

DMA Secretary Alan Mardghum, who will chair The Big Meeting for the first time, said: “In our 150th year, the platform reflects and reaffirms the founding principles of The Big Meeting. As our predecessors at the DMA put it: ‘the essential of the day is the renewal of our pledge to the cause of trades unionism. As at the first Gala, our speakers are all drawn from the labour and trade union movement. Each carries on the cause on which we were founded – socialism. We look forward to welcoming our speakers – and our other 200,000 guests – to Durham on the second Saturday in July.”

The full list of speakers is:

Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Laura Pidcock MP Shadow Minister for Labour
Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the union
Shami Chakrabarti, Shadow Attorney General
Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON
Dave Ward, General Secretary of the The Communications Union
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union
Doug Nicholls, General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions

The continuation of The Big Meeting is only possible because of the contributions of our Marras – the Friends of Durham Miners' Gala.

Please take a moment today, and become a Marra here:

We hope you'll all join us for the Durham Miners' Gala 2019.