A Short History of the Labour Party by Henry Pelling (auth.)

By Henry Pelling (auth.)

This textual content presents an introductory account of the Labour celebration from its origin. It not just covers the interval as much as and together with the election of Neil Kinnock because the chief of the Labour social gathering but additionally concentrates at the difficulties of the parliamentary leadership.

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Hardie was now ageing rapidly and it became obvious that the two most important figures in the party were MacDonald and Henderson. MacDonald was successful in his aim of turning the chairmanship of the parliamentary party into an effective leadership (the use of the word 'leader', however, was still not accepted); but inevitably he lost his close links with the organisation in the con- 32 A Pressure-group under Pressure ( I 906- I 4) stituencies. A certain testiness and insensitivity to criticism also made him many enemies.

As well as other Socialists such as those belonging to the Clarion Fellowship, which was sponsored by Robert Blatchford's Clarion newspaper. P. P. at its peak. P. F. By this time, furthermore, it was seeking reaffiliation to the Labour Party. P. with the trade unionists was thus but narrowly defeated in 1909-1 l, but for various reasons mainly the emergence of new issues - it weakened thereafter. In the course of 191 l a new challenge to the Labour Party appeared among its own affiliated organisations.

Upon the London Trades Council, and the unwillingness of that body up till 1914- to regard the Labour Party with favour. There were, of course, already a number of local Labour Parties in London boroughs or constituencies. C. C. from 1910 onwards. The increasing size of the extra-parliamentary party meant that one man could no longer effectively combine the secretaryship with major parliamentary duties. hour Parry chairmanship of the parliamentary party and it was clear that he could not do justice both to this post and to his extraparliamentary responsibilities.

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