Nigel Costley tells MPs what they can learn from the story of six farmworkers transported after campaigning against low pay

Nigel Costley speaking at the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival

Nigel Costley speaking at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival

Tolpuddle festival organiser Nigel Costley is next month speaking in the Houses of Parliament about what lessons modern MPs can learn from the six farmworkers.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs were transported from their Dorset village to Australia in 1834 after joining a union. There was a huge campaign for their release, which resulted in a pardon from the king and their return home as heroes.

Nigel is speaking alongside singer-songwriter Graham Moore, who will performing at the event.

Nigel Costley said: “The Martyrs, like low-paid workers today, looked to the union to help them achieve pay justice. As you can see from the opposition to the government’s Trade Union Bill, once again working people are relying on unions to argue their cases through Parliament and MPs would do well to listen to them.”

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