Friday, January 28, 2022

Los Angeles County Covid-19


 COVID-19 Daily Update:

January 27, 2022
New Cases: 26,010 (2,586,739 to date)
New Deaths: 85 (28,715 to date)
Current Hospitalizations: 4,323

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Los Angeles County Covid-19 Trends January 1st - 27th

                       NEW CASES                DEATHS              HOSPITALIZATIONS

1ST               23,553                       2                    1,464

2ND              21,200                       2                     1,628

3RD              16,269                       8                     1,792

4TH               21,790                     24                     1,994

5TH               26,754                     27                     2,240

6TH               37,215                     30                     2,661

7TH               43,712                     28                     2,902

8TH               34,448                     16                     3,200

9TH               45,584                     13                     3,364

10TH             43,582                     13                     3,472

11TH             34,827                     15                     3,766

12TH             40,452                     39                     3,912

13TH             45,076                     45                     4,175

14TH             40,535                     48                     4,257

15TH             41,765                     66                     4,386

16TH             43,883                     53                     4,507

17TH             31,576                     27                     4,564

18TH             22,688                     37                     4,701

19TH             30,081                     59                     4,799

20TH             42,115                    102                    4,814

21ST             43,091                      65                    4,792

22ND            39,117                       72                    4,698 

23RD            26,354                       63                    4,568

24TH            25,784                       27                    4,573

25TH            18,822                       36                    4,554

26TH            20,866                       91                    4,534

27TH            26,010                       85                    4,323 

Thursday Night in the Blogosphere

 







‘Writing With Fire’ tells the story of India’s only female-run newspaper - NBC News

Today in Labor History January 27th, 2022



New York City maids organize to improve working conditions - 1734

Mine explosion in Mount Pleasant, Pa., leaves more than 100 dead - 1891
 
First meeting of the Int’l Labor Organization (ILO) - 1920
 
Kansas miners strike against compulsory arbitration - 1920
 
A 3¢ postage stamp is issued, honoring AFL founder Samuel Gompers - 1950

(There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America is the sympathetic, thoughtful and highly readable history of the American labor movement traces unionism from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1820s to organized labor’s decline in the 1980s and struggle for survival and growth today.)
 
A group of Detroit African-American auto workers known as the Eldon Avenue Axle Plant Revolutionary Union Movement leads a wildcat strike against racism and bad working conditions.  They are critical of both automakers and the UAW, condemning the seniority system and grievance procedures as racist – 1969

Pete Seeger dies in New York at age 94. A musician and activist, he was a revered figure on the American left, persecuted during the McCarthy era for his support of  progressive, labor and civil rights causes. A prolific songwriter, he is generally credited with popularizing the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” He actively participated in demonstrations until shortly before his death – 2014

Members of the Northwestern University football team announce they are seeking union recognition. A majority signed cards, later delivered to the National Labor Relations Board office in Chicago, asking for representation by the College Athletes Players Association - 2014

Tortoise raises £10m in series A funding round

By Andrew Kersley

“Slow news” start-up Tortoise has secured £10m of new funding to invest in audio journalism, events and growing its membership revenue.

The largest investor in the series A funding deal was investment management company Lansdowne Partners. It will now become a significant shareholder in Tortoise alongside Thomson Reuters chair David Thomson’s investment firm Woodbridge, one of the largest investors in the group’s initial seed round in 2018.

Press Gazette understands the outlet has grown its paid membership to 55,000 since its full launch in 2019, marking a 5,000 increase in paid membership since October last year.

In its latest published accounts, for the year to December 2020, Tortoise recorded a total loss to date of £8.5m compared to a loss to date of £5.4m in 2019.

SourcePress Gazette

Deal value: £10m

Country: UK

Status: Official

Important Events From This day in History January 27th

 

1967 Apollo 1

1967 : Three astronauts aboard Apollo 1 ( Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White II and Roger B. Chaffee ) die while still on the launch pad as they are practicing for a two-week mission in space.

1967 Outer Space Treaty

1967 : The Outer Space Treaty which banned the placing of nuclear weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction in orbit of Earth is signed by 60 countries of the world including the two most important superpowers at the time The Soviet Union and The United States Of America who both had large Space Exploration programmes and Large Nuclear programmes. This was an important treaty because if any country was to place Nuclear Weapons or other Weapons of Mass Destruction in Orbit no country in the world would be safe.

1984 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson receives serious burns to his head after his hair caught light while singing his hit "Billie Jean" for a Pepsi Cola commercial in Los Angeles when the special effects went wrong.

1888 The National Geographic Society

1888 in Washington D.C., the National Geographic Society has gone on to become the world's largest scientific and geographical distribution organization. Its original premise was 'for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.'

1926 - Birth of Television

John Logie Baird, gives the first public demonstration of a television system in London.

The BBC started the first public broadcasts in London in 1936.

Regular television broadcasts began in the United States in 1939.

1938 Honeymoon Bridge Collapses

1938 : The Honeymoon Bridge across Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada collapses after a severe ice storm causes the lower river to flood with ice and place undue stress on the abutments causing the bridge to collapse.

1944 Siege of Leningrad

After 872 days of the siege of Leningrad by German forces allowing no food or medical supplies to enter which caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Russian lives, The Siege was finally broken

1945 Poland Auschwitz

The Red Army liberates the Nazi's biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland. During the concentration camps existence it is believed up to 1 million Jews were murdered ,75,000 Poles, 21,000 Gypsies, and 15,000 Soviet POWs.

1951 Nuclear Bomb Tests

The US government detonates the first of a series of nuclear bombs at its new Nevada test site.

1961 Tax Fraud

1961 : A district attorney and his staff were soon to be investigated for tax fraud. They had been asked to be disqualified from office as of this date as well. This petition was drawn up by lawyer Dave Cargo.

An investigation was started after explanations were sought pertaining to the fact that large numbers of homes and commercial property were not taxed the same as other properties. One reason was because the county assessor (Armando Gianini) would list products much lower than the current selling prices.

Additionally, Armando Gianini did not asses all the homes on which property taxes were owed. Some of the homes were not even on the record come 1960 tax season.

1968 Communist and Defence Industry

One of the biggest issues discussed during this time period was that of whether or not to allow representatives of the Communist Party to be allowed to work in defense facilities. In fact, the 1950 Internal Security Act was passed prohibiting the communist party from doing so.

On this day in 1968, the U.S. Senate examined the issue of subversive (i.e. rebellious, insubordinate) activity as related to possible opposition of the internal security laws, which already passed nearly 10 years ago. Furthermore, the U.S. Senate was discussing the possibility of "cracking down" on Senate subcommittee members w ho discount or invalidate decisions made by the Senate and/or the Supreme Court.

However, subcommittees defend themselves by saying they have no intention of challenging the Supreme Court. Certain subcommittees also have mentioned that they had no intention of reversing any decisions made by the Court.

1968 3,500 more air troops were sent to Sahn, in Vietnam

It is reported on this day that 3,500 more air troops were sent to Sahn, in Vietnam. They were sent to help fight against North Vietnam, who had just launched new shell attacks.

https://www.thepeoplehistory.com/january28th.html

Los Angeles County Covid-19


January 26, 2022
New Cases: 20,866 (2,560,768 to date)
New Deaths: 91 (28,630 to date)
Current Hospitalizations: 4,534


 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Los Angeles County Covid-19 Trends January 1st - 26th

                       NEW CASES                DEATHS              HOSPITALIZATIONS

1ST               23,553                       2                    1,464

2ND              21,200                       2                     1,628

3RD              16,269                       8                     1,792

4TH               21,790                     24                     1,994

5TH               26,754                     27                     2,240

6TH               37,215                     30                     2,661

7TH               43,712                     28                     2,902

8TH               34,448                     16                     3,200

9TH               45,584                     13                     3,364

10TH             43,582                     13                     3,472

11TH             34,827                     15                     3,766

12TH             40,452                     39                     3,912

13TH             45,076                     45                     4,175

14TH             40,535                     48                     4,257

15TH             41,765                     66                     4,386

16TH             43,883                     53                     4,507

17TH             31,576                     27                     4,564

18TH             22,688                     37                     4,701

19TH             30,081                     59                     4,799

20TH             42,115                    102                    4,814

21ST             43,091                      65                    4,792

22ND            39,117                       72                    4,698 

23RD            26,354                       63                    4,568

24TH            25,784                       27                    4,573

25TH            18,822                       36                    4,554

26TH            20,866                       91                    4,534 

Wednesday Night in the Blogosphere

The Metro-Link
 



It’s amusing to attend your own funeral - Gasconade County Republican




Your Newspaper’s Not Making Money? Make It Permanent as a Nonprofit! - Politico

Today in Labor History January 26, 2022



In what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledges his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s code, reports Roger Newell: shares of the booty were equal regardless of race or sex, and shipboard decisions were made collectively - 1695

Samuel Gompers, first AFL president, born in London, England. He emigrated to the U.S. as a youth - 1850
 
The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America is chartered by the American Federation of Labor to organize "every wage earner from the man who takes the bullock at the house until it goes into the hands of the consumer." - 1897
 
Workers win a two-day sit-down strike at the Brooklyn electric plant that powers the city's entire subway system - 1937
 
A handful of American companies announce nearly 60,000 layoffs today, as the recession that began during the George W. Bush presidency charges full-tilt toward what became known as the Great Recession - 2009

Important Events From This day in History January 26th

 

1988 The Phantom of the Opera

1988 : Andrew Lloyd Webber's Musical The Phantom of the Opera ( Based on the French novel Le Fantome de lOpera 1909 by Gaston Leroux ) has its first performance on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in New York and is now the longest running Broadway show in history.

2006 Telegram Ends

2006 : Western Union announces the end of Telegram Services from January 31st 2006 the last telegram is sent the next day. The Telegram service more than any other is superceded by the use of E-Mail with the dawning of the Internet age but still exists in some form or other around the world but not as the primary force of fast communication it was at it's beginnings when the Telephone still only had limited numbers. Today when it is used it is for such things as weddings, births, funerals and graduations and even as a secure form of communication ( due to perceptions of the Internet as an insecure medium.

2005 Glendale Train Crash

A Metrolink commuter train collides with a SUV abandoned on the track causing two trains to derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles. The orinal plan of the SUV owner was to commit suicide but he lost his nerve at the last moment he was later arrested and charged and found guilty of 11 counts of murder with "special circumstances."

1945 Auschwitz

Soviet troops enter Auschwitz, Poland, freeing 7,000 starving camp survivors from the network of concentration camps revealing to the world the depth of the horrors perpetrated there.

Following the repudiation of oil concessions to the Anglo Persian Oil company by the Persian Government in October last year Persia has gone to the league of nations telling of British threats to Persian Sovereignty. The British government is the major shareholder in the Anglo Persian Oil Company and denies claims by Persia that they are giving back the 10% of profits agreed in the 1901 agreement between the two countries and that profits have declined due to economic circumstances.

1939 Nationalists enters Barcelona

Barcelona, the Republican capital of Spain, falls to the Nationalist forces of General Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War .

1950 India Independence

India Formally becomes a republic no longer under British rule. The new President, Dr Rajendra Prasad, takes the oath of office. Dr Prasad was a key campaigner in the nationalist movement of Mahatma Gandhi, along with India's interim Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

1952 Anti British Riots

Anti British riots in the capital of Egypt Cairo have left 17 British residents murdered or burnt to death during the trouble. King Farouk has declared martial law and A dawn to dusk curfew has been imposed and police have been given orders to shoot on sight.

1964 JFK Dallas Police Officer

A report in a newspaper dated today had revealed that the funds raised for the family of an assassination victim had reached over $700,000 dollars. The victim of this murder crime was a J.D. Tibbit, a Dallas police officer, who was believed to have been shot by the same man who was suspected to have killed John F. Kennedy.

Governor John Connally was nearly killed as well on the same day as JFK. He was admitted into the hospital in critical condition shortly after the assassination shootings took place.

On this day 1964), Nellie Connally, Governor Connally's wife is seen in great distress on the day of a 16-gun solute that took place at Bergstrom Air Force Base. This was the first day that she had heard a gunshot since the near-death of her husband, and had symptoms of post-traumatic stress, such as severe shivering and crying.

1972 Vietnam War

A recap was printed in a U.S. newspaper which revealed a summary of Nixon's Eight-Point plan to end the Vietnam War. One of the actions revealed in this recount of Nixon's plan was that of an action proposed eight months prior to this time.

The plan presented eight months prior was a plea for the release of all prisoners of war in exchange for U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. In addition to U.S. withdrawal, this plan also included an agreement that South Vietnam's Nguyen would step down come time for a new election.

It was also recorded in print on this day that Nixon had dispatched Henry Kissinger, his security advisor, to Paris at least a dozen times since August 4 , 1969. The reason for these attempted contacts was to make negotiations with North Vietnam.

In one news source, a quote by Nixon revealed what Nixon has said was the original withdrawal date from Vietnam-May 31, 1971. This plan was rejected by North Vietnam at the next private meeting which had taken plan on June 26th , only less than a month later.

Instead, North Vietnam made a counter nine-point offer that insisted that the U.S. overthrow the government of North Vietnam. If North Vietnam had accepted the United State's original

eight-point plan presented by Nixon, the U.S. troops would have withdrawn within six months and Indo-China cease-fire would have taken place.

2005 Condoleezza Rice

President George W. Bush appoints Condoleezza Rice to the post of secretary of state, making her the highest ranking African-American woman ever to serve in a presidential cabinet

2009 Iceland Banking System Collapses

All three of the Iceland's major banks collapse ( Glitnir bank, Landsbankinn and Kaupthing ) following their difficulties in refinancing their short-term debt and a run on deposits in the United Kingdom. The first signs of problems came in 2008 when Icesave the online arm of the Reykjavik-based Landsbankian that attracted deposits from thousands of British and Dutch consumers collapsed. The Collapse forces the Prime Minister to Resign and the new Prime Minister Johanna Siguroardottir is appointed on February 1st

2010 France’s partial ban on the burqa

2010: A French parliamentary committee's report on a partial ban of the burqa, or full Islamic veil, has been made public. The report proposes to ban the burqa from public schools, hospitals, government offices and transport systems. It said that the veil was an affront to French values: 'The wearing of the full veil is a challenge to our republic. This is unacceptable.' President Sarkozy had already said that the veil was 'not welcome in France' and was a symbol of the 'subservience of women.' The public agree that it is not in line with the French Republic’s core value of equality.

2011 Toyota Recalls 1,700,000 Cars

Nearly two million cars are recalled by the Japanese carmaker Toyota. The recall was initiated after reports that cracks may develop on fuel pipes leading to fuel leaks. Toyota recalled nearly twelve million cars in less than two years, tarnishing its reputation, especially in the United States.

2013 Zeman Wins Czech Republic Presidential Race

Former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman won the Presidential election in the country. The vote was decided by direct popular vote for the first time in the country.

2014 Pope's Doves Attacked

2014 : Two white "Peace" doves released by Pope Francis were attacked by a seagull and crow shortly after being set free. Thousands of people witnessed the attacks as they had been observing the Pope's Angelus prayer.

https://www.thepeoplehistory.com/january27th.html

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Los Angeles County Covid-19


January 25, 2022
New Cases: 18,822 (2,540,075 to date)
New Deaths: 36 (28,540 to date)
Current Hospitalizations: 4,554


 

Los Angeles County Covid-19 Trends January 1st - 25th

                      NEW CASES                DEATHS              HOSPITALIZATIONS

1ST               23,553                       2                    1,464

2ND              21,200                       2                     1,628

3RD              16,269                       8                     1,792

4TH               21,790                     24                     1,994

5TH               26,754                     27                     2,240

6TH               37,215                     30                     2,661

7TH               43,712                     28                     2,902

8TH               34,448                     16                     3,200

9TH               45,584                     13                     3,364

10TH             43,582                     13                     3,472

11TH             34,827                     15                     3,766

12TH             40,452                     39                     3,912

13TH             45,076                     45                     4,175

14TH             40,535                     48                     4,257

15TH             41,765                     66                     4,386

16TH             43,883                     53                     4,507

17TH             31,576                     27                     4,564

18TH             22,688                     37                     4,701

19TH             30,081                     59                     4,799

20TH             42,115                    102                    4,814

21ST             43,091                      65                    4,792

22ND            39,117                       72                    4,698 

23RD            26,354                       63                    4,568

24TH            25,784                       27                    4,573

25TH            18,822                       36                    4,554

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere


 The Paper Gang would push the rolls of newsprint where needed






CherryRoad Media Acquires More Gannett Papers With Purchase Of Four In Colorado - Fairfield Sun Times

Today in Labor History January 25, 2022


Two hundred miners are killed


Sojourner Truth addresses first Black Women’s Rights convention - 1851

The Sheet Metal Workers Int'l Association (SMWIA) is founded in Toledo, Ohio, as the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ Int’l Association - 1888
 
Two hundred miners are killed in a horrific explosion at the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pa., Allegheny County. Many of the dead lie entombed in the sealed mine to this day - 1904

(The novel Sixteen Tons carries the reader down into the dark and dangerous coal mines of the early 1900s, as Italian immigrant Antonio Vacca and his sons encounter cave-ins and fires deep below the earth’s surface. Above ground, miners battle gun thugs and corrupt sheriffs at Virden, Matewan and Ludlow in an epic struggle to form a union and make the mines a safer place to work. Historian Kevin Corley’s depiction of miners’ lives is based on his own interviews with mining families.)
 
The Supreme Court upholds “Yellow Dog” employment contracts, which forbid membership in labor unions. Yellow Dog contracts remained legal until 1932 - 1915
 
Some 16,000 textile workers strike in Passaic, N.J. – 1926

The federal minimum wage rate rises to 75 cents an hour - 1950

Important Events From This day in History January 25th

 

1964 The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand"

1964: The Beatles get their first number one with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Check Out our 1960's Music Page

1933 New Rate 35 cents per hour

1933 : Many state emergency work relief bureau are cutting the hourly rate for laborers from 40 cents per hour to 35 cents per hour and implementing a five day week . These changes will affect workers pay down from $19.00 per week to $14.00 per week in line with the changing economic trends throughout the country and should help to provide more work for those seeking jobs.

1990 UK Hurricane Force Winds

Hurricane Force winds with sustained winds of 75 mph and wind gusts of 104 mph part of the "Burns' Day Storm" have forced many ports and airports to close in one of the worst storms seen in the UK since 1987, causing overturned lorries blocking motorways, buildings collapsing and power and telecommunications lines blown down, at least half a million homes are without electricity. Current estimates put the loss of life over 90 making this storm the worst for casualties since the East Coast Flood disaster in 1953.

1995 Norway Cold War Jitters

Russia prepares to launch a nuclear attack following a Norwegian launch of a Black Brant XII four-stage sounding rocket to study the aurora borealis over Svalbard ( Which the Russians mistook for a Trident missile ) the rocket landed near Spitsbergen 24 minutes after launch and the Russians decided it was not an attack . To understand this you must also understand the great mistrust by both sides during the Cold War years when both believed the other would launch an attack without notification to gain an upper hand

2005 - Mandher Devi Temple Stampede

Over 300 die in a stampede at the Mandher Devi Temple in India during the annual Kalubai Jatra pilgrimage the first full moon day in January when animal sacrifices to the goddess Kalubai are made. The yearly pilgrimage attracts more than 350,000 Hindu's every year

1960 Payola Scandal

The National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the Payola scandal ( The Payola scandal was about bribes being paid to Disc Jockeys to play specific songs to increase music sales without informing the public they were being paid for ) by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records.

1924 Winter Olympics

The first Winter Olympics games took place in the French Alps on this day. Two of the primary Sports that took place on this mountain were bob sled and ski jump competitions. In all, 12 events featuring the play of six different sports were scheduled.

1942 Thailand declared war

Thailand declared war against the United States, England, and other World War II allied forces on this day. Thailand was very much controlled by Japan at that time, and Thailand was considered one of Japan's "puppets".

1945 Vaughn Moore

Singer Vaughn Moore makes it to the top of the Billboard Pop Chart with his hit, "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" The song is still one of the most popular holiday songs to this day.

1947 Al Capone

1947 : Al Capone dies of pneumonia and heart failure after fearing all his life he would suffer a gangsters death.

1949 Israel Election

1949 : Israel holds it's first election

1949 Emmy Awards

The first Emmy Awards ( Televisions equivalent of the Oscars ) are presented At the Hollywood Athletic Club ( they were not really a National award more to do with local Television in Los Angeles ) but grew over the years from that point to include national and international television.

1957 Algiers French Troops Sent In

Following a series of guerrilla warfare attacks by the Algerian National Liberation Front who were seeking independence from France on French Police, the French Army is deployed in Algiers to suppress the FLN organisation.

1959 First Boeing 707 Internal US Flight

American airlines begins first use of Jets for internal US flights from Los Angeles to New York on a Boeing 707 one way ticket costing $300

1964 Echo 2

1964 : A new man-made star that was launched into space was noticed in the sky on this day. This 13-story unit known as Echo 2 was traveling about 800 miles above South Africa on this day. Echo 2 was the second busiest and the heaviest of all satellites created up until this time.

It was constructed of mostly plastic with an aluminum foil skin and weight about 535 pounds. Echo 2 would be spotted every so often, as announced by NASA, who encouraged people to look out for it.

1964 Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy paid tribute to his sister who was buried in Northern England. However, RFK was in England for another reason as well. He had met with British leaders to discuss details of his "Malaysian peace mission".

1964 Homeland Security

Robert Baker's Home did go very easily. As of this date in 1964, there were not many that were interested in it. It was believed that part of the reason his home did not sell very fast is because of the French wallpaper and lavender carpeting, which were apparently not very popular at this time.

It could have been for other reasons as well-one possibly being the fact that Robert Baker was no longer a Senate employee. He resigned under pressure the previous October.

1968 Greenland H-bomb Found

Remains of a hydrogen bomb (H-bomb) was found near Thule Air Base in Greenland. An explosion of this bomb had occurred after a B-52 had crashed (and burned) into thick Arctic ice. These bomb remains were recovered by the U.S. Air Force.

The remains of four more bombs were still missing at this time. These bombers were stored aboard a large Strategic Air Command.

1969 Peace Talks Vietnam

1969 : The first formal sessions of peace talks took place in Paris on this day. Henry Cabot Lodge, Chief peace negotiator proposed that a true DMZ (demilitarized zone) would be the first step towards peace.

1971 General Idi Amin

General Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda while President Milton Obote is away on a foreign visit troops seal off Entebbe airport.

1971 Charles Manson

Charles Manson is convicted, along with his Cult followers Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkle, of the brutal 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others

1972 Bangladesh Recognized

It was reported that the Russians and the Czechs both recognized Bangladesh as a nation on this day. This announcement was made by the Soviet consul-general to Prime Minister Mujibar Rahman in Tangal, which is located in Central Bangladesh.

1972 Presidential Candidates

Plans were made to send bodyguards to protect presidential candidates within the next month. As reported on this day, Congress had formed a committee from members of both the House and the Senate to discuss who exactly should receive this protection.

As of this day, it a general consensus had been made that the primary candidates for president and vice-presidents would receive protection. This protection-at least in eight of the cases-bodyguards from the Federal Secret Service would be assigned these protective duties.

1972

1972 : On this day, there was talk of re-designating Congressional district counties, which would cause Oklahoma County to be split up in three ways. The biggest concern regarding this possible change is that it could affect which district current candidates would run in-especially if they had been in office before in a different district.

1981 England New SDP Party

Four senior Labour MP'S ( Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins, William Rodgers and David Owen ) have announced they will breakaway from Labour Party and set up their own political party. In March they formed the Social Democratic Party SDP under the leadership of Roy Jenkins.