About us


Labour Action for Peace works inside the Labour Party to keep peace and disarmament issues to the forefront of Labour’s policies

Who we are

Executive Committee comprises Colin Bastin (Chair), Ron Barden (Treasurer), Frank Jackson, John Courtneidge, and Christopher Butler
Organising Secretary: Helen Watts  
Membership:  we currently have over 70 members


Founded in 1940 by six peace activists including George Lansbury MP, Labour Action for Peace (LAP) has been active in promoting peace, opposing war and working inside the Labour Party and wider labour movement to keep peace and disarmament issues to the forefront of Labour’s policies.

LAP has been supported by other high profile peace activists in the past including Tony Benn MP, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Ron Huzzard, Frank Allaun MP, Lord Fenner Brockway, Tam Dalyell, Stan Newens and Robin Cook.

LAP’s successes have been numerous, such as sponsoring the first Early Day Motion to oppose Trident in 1980; highlighting the importance of liaising with China in the early 1980s; and keeping the issue of disarmament and the arms race on the table.

At our 2016 AGM, we hosted Ruth Cadbury MP and Julie Ward MEP. Ruth spoke about her personal commitment to peace and in particular about her recent 10-minute rule bill on diversion of taxes to peace-making activities. Julie spoke passionately about the role of the EU in influencing peace-making, developing civil societies and challenging human rights abuses.

In such changing and existential times, there has never been a greater need for promoters of peace to succeed and work together for the common good

What you can do:

(1) Write an article for our newsletter;

(2) Assist at our stand at the Labour Party Conference;

(3) Stewarding at LAP’s public events;

(3) Promote LAP to your local MP, CLP and others;

(4) Host a Regional Event; (5) Host a visiting speaker / LAP Member