Category Archive: Politics

Jun 16

The Dirty Thirty – performed by the Red Leicester Choir


It is more than appropriate that in the 30th anniversary year of the Miner’s Strike, the Red Leicester choir have decided to perform my song The Dirty Thirty. The song commemorates the brave miners in Leicestershire who supported the strike, despite their two and a half thousand colleagues continuing to work throughout. I love Leicester. …

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Feb 13

You’re joking right? People used to really think that?


So yesterday was my birthday and I was looking forward to a lovely night out with friends. My plan was to gather at the Egg Cafe, Liverpool’s eating place for veggies. I even had them put aside a portion of Fennel Bake, my favourite dinner! Then I was going to head off to The Philharmonic …

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Jul 27

Olympics Song – Listen Here


So today is the opening of the Olympics. Hoorah! The nation is in a frenzy. Apparently. All the hype aside, there’ll be some great sporting stories waiting to unfold. Enjoy it. There’s a funny thing that happens at the Olympics though. Groups of strangers who have worked tirelessly to achieve their dream stand at the …

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Jul 17

Support The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign Petition

The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign is seeking the release of official documents surrounding the imprisonment of Dessie Warren and Ricky Tomlinson. Such documents are normally released after 30 years (known as the thirty year rule) but the State still will not release these documents despite the building strike being 40 years ago. The Campaign is demanding …

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Apr 06

A Tribute To Malcolm Pinnegar of The Dirty Thirty

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I wake this morning to the heartbreaking news that Malcolm Pinnegar (“Benny to his friends”) passed away last night after a long illness. Benny led The Dirty Thirty group of striking miners in Leicestershire during the Miners Strike of 84/85. The remaining 2,500 Leicestershire miners broke the national strike and continued to work. Benny and …

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Mar 12

New Single Released – The Dirty Thirty (Listen Here)

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Alun Parry’s new single The Dirty Thirty has been released today (listen above), on the anniversary of the official start of the 84/85. Please leave your comments on this page below. Please share this story to your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter, and help spread this …

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Mar 10

Media Coverage For Dirty Thirty Single

I will be on BBC Radio Leicester on Monday morning at 7.50am to discuss the release of my new single The Dirty Thirty. The release will also be covered in the Leicester Mercury, the city’s local newspaper. The single The Dirty Thirty is released the same day and tells one of the most enduring stories …

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Feb 16

March 12th Single Release: The Dirty Thirty

On March 12th this year, the anniversary of the official start of the Miner’s Strike, I will be releasing my brand new single The Dirty Thirty. The Dirty Thirty tells the heroic story of 30 Leicestershire miners and their families. These were the only miners in the whole of Leicestershire to come out on strike. …

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Jan 04

Tressell And Me Radio Ballad On Preston FM

My radio ballad Tressell And Me is being broadcast on Preston FM this Friday (6 Jan). It will feature in the popular 7pm show Best Kept Secrets presented by Paul and Lucy Breeze. You can hear Preston FM on 103.2FM in the Preston area or worldwide over the internet by going to and clicking …

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Jan 01

Tressell And Me – A Radio Ballad

I have produced a radio ballad exploring the socialist ideas within the book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. I hope that you enjoy it, that you share it, and that it helps spread socialist ideas in a way that is easy to understand. I would love for it to become a well used resource within the …

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