The Compass office and Compass groups all over the UK run events to bring people together to discuss current issues, create policies and organise for action. Many of our events are recorded and you can listen to them in our Library.


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Upcoming Events

A Progressive Alliance for Cornwall

Saturday 25 March 2017, 9.30am - 12.45pm
County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY, Cornwall

A newly formed Progressive Alliance for Cornwall is hosting its first public meeting on the 25th March on how Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, Mebyon Kernow and Labour can work together to oust the Tories.  It will emphasise common ground rather than party differences and urge parties to...

Uniting for a Progressive UK!

Tuesday 14 March 2017, 7-9pm
BVSC 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

Join Neal Lawson and Zoe Williams, plus more to be announced for the launch of Progressive Principles & First Steps, as developed by a West Midlands grassroots initiative This is a participative Workshop which will ask: Can you live with the Progressive Principles & First Steps, as a...

Alliances on the Left? West and South West London

Tuesday 14 March 2017, 7 - 9pm
Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church, Ormond Road, London, TW10 6TH

West London Compass and Make Votes Matter are organising an Alliance Building Event in Richmond on 14 March. Speakers include Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, Vince Cable, ex MP for Twickenham , an unconfirmed Labour speaker and  non-party speakers including  Klina Jordan from...

Talkin’ bout our Generation

Saturday 4 March 2017, 2 - 6pm
Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

'People try to put us down, just because we get around.' So sang The Who in 1965. Now it's time for Generation 2017 to step up and write their own version. Join us on at 2pm on Saturday 4 March to take up that challenge. Bring your energy, your ideas, your voices – and your friends...

Salisbury Compass launch

Thursday 2 March 2017, 7.30
The Boathouse, Millhouse Approach

The chair of Compass Neal Lawson and local academic Graham Smith will be speaking at the launch of the Salisbury branch of Compass on Thursday 2 March at The Boathouse in Millstream Approach from 7.30pm. A regular writer for the Guardian and the New Statesman, Neal has long believed that...

Past Events

Building a better society: changing a broken political system

Thursday 23 February 2017, 7.30 - 9.30
Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre Littlegate St St Ebbe's Oxford OX1 1RL

This is an open invitation to all who are distressed by the current political trends. At this meeting we shall consider how best to approach the next election so that we increase the progressive representation in Parliament.

We have invited the following speakers to share their ideas and...

Newham Compass: the Future of the Left in Britain

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 7.30
West Ham Supporters' Club, Castle Street, E6

Join in the debate with Karl Lewis, Progress supporter, and Ewa Jasiewicz , organiser with the Unite union's Hotel Workers branch. The speakers will speak for 15-20 mins, with the remaining time for questions and discussion. The event is free and open to all Venue: West Ham Supporters'...

North London Compass first meeting

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 7pm
The Salisbury Pub, Green Lanes, London, N4 1JX

North London are establishing their own Compass branch! Join us on Tuesday 21st to get involved in planning our strategy for the year. At this meeting we will be working on: Collaboration with other groups in the area North London Compass - Our Big Event 2018 local elections: how do...

A Progressive Alliance: the Alternative?

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 6 - 8pm
Room B34 Malet St Building, Birkbeck College London WC1E 7HX

As it comes to look increasingly like hard Brexit for Britain, what is the future for progressive politics? One suggestion has been for an electoral alliance on the Left bringing together the Greens, Labour and the SNP. Not everyone is convinced – including Jeremy Corbyn – but the...

Blue Labour – building a politics that champions the cause of the working class

Friday 17 February 2017, 12:45 - 15:45pm
Nottingham Trent University,(City Centre Campus), Rooms 307 and 308, Third Floor Boots Library, Goldsmiths Street Nottingham NG1 5LS

This event will explore the relationship between class and tradition in politics at the beginning of 21st century. Speakers include:  Rafael Behr – political columnist for the Guardian Rowenna Davis – teacher, journalist, author, and political commentator Ruth Davis –...

Does Labour and the wider left need a Progressive Alliance? 

Thursday 9 February 2017, 5.45 - 7pm
LAB 002, Lord Ashcroft Building: Cambridge campus of Anglia Ruskin University

Come join our Chair Neal Lawson as he speaks to the Labour History Research unit about Labour's relationship with a Progressive Alliance. This event is free, and all are welcome. No need to register, but for more info contact Professor Rohan McWilliam (

West London branch Compass meeting

Tuesday 7 February 2017, 7.30pm
Room 1, Northfields Community Centre, 71a Northcroft Road, Ealing, W13 9SS

The next meeting of West London Compass will cover the upcoming event on 14 March on electoral reform and a Progressive Alliance, and we'll also be debating how to make an alliance work locally. All welcome!