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Political History

The Child Poverty Action Group in the 1970s and 1980s

edited by Pat Thane and Ruth Davidson

This witness seminar was held on 5 January 2015 at King's College London. It was chaired by Jonathan Bradshaw.


FRAN BENNETT Director, CPAG 1988-93

VIRGINIA BOTTOMLEY Researcher, CPAG, early 1970s

DAVID BULL Member of CPAG Executive Committee 1966-80 and 1981-95, and of publications committee for over 30 years

RUTH LISTER Director, CPAG 1979-88

GARRY RUNCIMAN CPAG Treasurer, 1972-97

ADRIAN SINFIELD Professor Emeritus of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh. Active in CPAG; member of the CPAG executive 1972-78

JANE STREATHER Set up the first CPAG branch in Hull, 1969, CPAG Branches Organiser 1972-75

JOHN VEIT-WILSON Founding member, 1965; Executive Committee member 1965-80; Founding member Tyneside branch 1968; Chair, Branches Council 1971-3;Board Member 2001-3, 2004-13; CPAG Vice-Chair 2010-13

JOHN WARD Co-founder, Islington Poverty Action Group, 1969, and served on CPAG Executive Committee as a representative of local branches

STUART WEIR Set up Hackney Citizens Rights in 1969; became Director of the Citizens Rights Office (CRO) 1971.

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