Andrew Thorpe's A History of the British Labour Party PDF
By Andrew Thorpe
After 13 years in energy, Labour all at once back to being the celebration of competition in 2010. This new version of A background of the British Labour Party brings us up to date, analyzing Gordon Brown's interval in place of work and the Labour occasion lower than the management of Ed Miliband. Andrew Thorpe's examine has been the major single-volume textual content at the Labour social gathering seeing that its first version in 1997 and has now been completely revised all through to incorporate new approaches.
This new edition:
• covers everything of the party's historical past, from 1900 to 2014
• examines the explanations for the party's formation, and its goals
• analyses the party's successes and screw ups, together with its upward thrust to moment get together prestige and memorable restoration from its difficulties within the 1980s
• discusses the most occasions and personalities of the Labour social gathering, reminiscent of MacDonald, Attlee, Wilson, Blair and Brown
With his approachable sort and authoritative demeanour, Thorpe has created crucial interpreting for college students of political historical past, and a person wishing to familiarise themselves with the background and improvement of 1 of Britain's significant political parties.
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Extra resources for A History of the British Labour Party
But at least the MFGB was now ready to affiliate, which it duly did in 1909. This meant that Labour's trade union membership was now 88 per cent of that of the TUC. The move also meant that 13 LibLab MPs now joined the PLP. 34 In many ways, their political attitudes were not very different from those of the Labour MPs they joined; but clearly the effect was to move the centre of gravity within the Labour party still further from socialism. The anti-Labour strain within trade unions remained significant, however.
A new deal was done with the Liberals, allowing most Labour MPs a free run against the Conservatives. In a campaign dominated by the radical rhetoric of 'peers against people' and free trade versus protection, Labour had little to say that was distinctive from the Liberals. Forty of Labour's 78 candidates were victorious, more than in 1906, but a net loss of five seats on its pre-dissolution strength. Significantly, only one of Labour's successful candidates faced Liberal opposition. Overall, the Liberals lost heavily, emerging with 275 seats to the Conservatives' 272.
The coalfields of the Midlands and north Wales opposed affiliation, however; and given that 61 per cent of the membership overall had either not voted or opposed the move, it could hardly be claimed that there was a major sea-change in the miners' attitudes. 33 That would be reserved for the period after the First World War. But at least the MFGB was now ready to affiliate, which it duly did in 1909. This meant that Labour's trade union membership was now 88 per cent of that of the TUC. The move also meant that 13 LibLab MPs now joined the PLP.
A History of the British Labour Party by Andrew Thorpe