Since ‘The personal is political’ became the mantra of the 1970s feminist movement, sexuality and sexual politics have been central to the development of left-wing ideology. Gay and women’s liberation groups became an integral aspect of the left, informing its discourse and cultural development. Today the concept of the personal extends beyond the broad catchments of race, gender and sexuality – into mental health, weight and the many intersecting identities which make up a personal experience. How far has the personal entered left politics, and how much further does it have to go? Speakers- JOANNA WILLIAMS- author and academic, University of Kent DAVID ALDERSON- author of 'Sex, Needs, and Queer Culture; from liberation to the post-gay' (Zed Books) DAVID WILKINSON- lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University and author of the upcoming ‘Post-Punk, Politics and Pleasure in Britain’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) Recorded at the Spring conference 2016 Saturday May 21st 2016 People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester.