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Last updated:20 March 2018

Film - Liverpool Labour Police Striker, the William Smith Story

Event location: Working Class Movement Library

Date: 9th May 2018

Event time: 14:00 to 15:00

Liverpool Labour Police Striker - the William Smith Story

A short film with Q&A with Director Simon Partridge


Police strike imagePieced together through extensive research, this short independent film tells  about Liverpool in the 1920s and particularly the events around the 1919 police strike, in which 954 policemen were sacked when they walked out in attempt to have their union recognised.

The thought of a body of police with allegiance to the Labour movement may seem unlikely now but it happened in Liverpool.

Simon Partridge has spent five years trying to piece together the story of his great-grandfather William Smith, a man about whom very little was known and who put himself in the middle of sometimes violent political change in the city. 

The film is screened in the hope that people will come forward with further information connected to the local people, places and events that surrounded the strikers.

The filmmaker acknowledges the support of the University of Central Lancashire and also the numerous archives and individuals who have made this film possible.  Archive material from WCML relating to the strike will be on display on the day.

This is part of the Invisible Histories series of free talks. Light refreshments afterwards; all welcome.

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