John Medhurst
John Medhurst

John Medhurst is a Trade Union Officer with a background in Civil Service and Public Sector policy issues. He was born in London and has a B.A in History & Politics from Queen Mary College, University of London. He has worked at all levels in the civil service including Job Centres, the HSE and Whitehall, in all of which he was an active trade unionist. He was elected to the PCS Union's National Executive Committee 2003-06, and was PCS's representative on the European Public Services Union's (EPSU) Public Services Network for six years. He has long campaigned for a radical alternative to privatisation and austerity - based on public investment, public ownership, Tax Justice and wealth redistribution - and has presented that case within academia and EU institutions. He has written articles for the Journal of Contemporary European Research, Novara Media and Red Pepper.

As a member of Brighton & Hove Green Party he helped propose the policy that made Brighton Council the first in the UK to refuse to evict tenants for inability to pay the Bedroom Tax. In 2013 he organised and chaired the founding meeting of the Brighton People's Assembly attended by 400 people and addressed by Caroline Lucas, Hilary Wainwright and Owen Jones. In 2015 he joined the Labour Party after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

He is married with two daughters. He lives in Hove, UK.

John Medhurst's second book, "No Less Than Mystic: A History of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a 21st Century Left", was published by Repeater Books in August 2017.


Books by John Medhurst

That Option No Longer Exists

Britain 1974-76

Aug 2014

The 1970s in Britain were years of immense social, cultural and political liberation aborted by a right-wing counter revolution.

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