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    WWI: ILP Oppose the War Drive

    In September 1914, ILP representatives refused to follow the Labour Party in heeding the government’s call for a national campaign of recruitment to the armed forces, arguing that they would not “stand by militarists and enemies of labour”.

    Here, we reproduce a report from the Glasgow Herald of 3 September 1914 of the ILP national council’s letter of explanation to its branches and members.

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