Named in honour of George Lansbury (February 21, 1859 – May 7, 1940), a former MP who was a social reformer and leader of the Labour Party from 1932 to 1935. Although born in Suffolk his family moved to the East End when he was still a boy. As an adult he devoted himself to local politics in his home borough of Poplar, and went to prison with 30 fellow-councillors for his part in the Poplar “rates revolt” of 1921. The councillors argued that the poor should not have to pay for the poor of the borough.
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