With Love From Manchester

A benefit gig with The Smiths, New Order, The Fall and John Cooper Clarke at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, February 8, 1986, in aid of the Militant Tendency.

This NME article from January 1986 tells the background background:

“The Smiths, The Fall, and New Order have been lined up on a one-off fund-raising bill at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, on Saturday February 8, in aid of the City Council’s 48 Labour councillors and their families.

“The concert, which is billed ‘With Love From Manchester’, represents a major coup for the Labour leadership in Liverpool – and for Derek Hatton in particular, who spoke to Morrissey before The Smiths agreed to play.

“All three bands are playing for their expenses only. Tickets are £6, and will probably have sold out by the time you read this. Any profits from the evening will go into the Legal Fund Of The Family Support Group, designed to pay the legal costs (£100,000) being incurred by the councillors in their fight against the District Auditor’s decision to surcharge them for their delay in setting a rate last year. Another £100,000 is needed to pay for an action taken by Derek Hatton against a World In Action programme. Each councillor faces heavy fines and faces being disqualified from holding public office.

“The case comes to the High Court, in London, next Monday (January 13). A demonstration is planned, and local Liverpool band The Lloyd Collection are expected to lead a singalong of ‘Maggie’s Farm’ on the High Court steps.”

The gig was reviewed in the February 15th, 1986 NME.

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