A CONTROVERSIAL political figure is guest speaker at a party’s dinner.

The event, organised by Colne Valley Labour Party, takes place on Thursday this week.

Special guest will be Lord Maurice Glasman, inset, architect of the ‘Blue Labour’ project.

Blue Labour advocates the belief that working class voters can be won back to Labour through socially conservative ideas on certain social and international issues, such as immigration, crime and Europe.

It also believes in a switch to local and democratic community management and provision of services rather than relying on a traditional welfare state that is seen as excessively bureaucratic.

Party spokesman Steve Morris said: “We’re very excited to have such an important – and controversial – figure as Lord Glasman.

“His ideas are stimulating, controversial and provocative.

“It promises to be a fascinating evening with good food and great company.”

The dinner is part of a series of events being organised by the local party to stimulate debate about Labour policy.

The event is open to non-members as well as members.

Tickets include a three-course buffet meal.

To book call Anne Baldwin on 01484 686654.