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Red Wedge

Red Wedge was a collective of UK musical artists who attempted to inform younger voters of The Labour Party's policies during the period leading up to the 1987 General Election[?]. It was also an attempt to oust the Conservative Government and what was then deemed as their extreme policies.

Fronted by Billy Bragg, Paul Weller[?] and The Communards (Jimmy Sommerville mainly) they appeared in the media, adding their support to the Labour Party campaign.

The group was launched on November 21, 1985, at a reception at the Palace of Westminster hosted by Labour MP Robin Cook. It took its name from a 1919 poster by Russian constructivist artist El Lissitzky[?], "Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge".



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