Keir Hardie: Evangelist and Strategist

    In this chapter from a new book on Keir Hardie, BARRY WINTER argues that the Labour Party founder’s political life and ethical socialism can still serve as a beacon for the left in today’s increasingly unstable world.

    I am fortunate to have known two ILPers who as children met Keir Hardie. From Waltham Forest, Bert Lea recalled how Hardie had once given him a penny to sell copies of the Labour Leader. Bert continued to do this for the rest of his long life. From Bradford, May Allinson performed at the ILP’s Coming of Age Conference in 1914 and was so inspired by Hardie’s call to ‘Live for that better day’ that she gave a lifetime’s commitment to the ILP.


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Call for Action to Stop the London Arms Fair

Campaign Against the Arms Trade are calling for activists to join them for a week of action against one of the world’s biggest arms fairs at London’s ExCeL centre next month.


A Politics of Radical Hope and the Labour Party

The ILP is getting together with the campaigning pressure group Compass in September to examine the future of the Labour Party and the politics of radical hope.


The Revolt No-One Saw Coming

With support for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership campaign apparently growing by the day, what should the left make of this revolt from the blue? DAVID CONNOLLY crosses his fingers and pins his colours to the Corbyn mast.


Reading the Past

The pre-war ILP plays a leading role in two new books of contrasting types – one a novel set in north east England, the other a radical ramblers’ guide to the capital. MATTHEW BROWN follows the literary and geographical traces of our past.