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Durham Labour Left Conference

Oct 2nd, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Durham Labour Left, a group of democratic socialists based in the north east, is organising a regional conference for local Labour Party members on Sunday 21 October.



How Corbyn’s Rise Attracted the Young

Sep 26th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal to young people has dispelled a few myths about their political apathy and disengagement. SAFFRON ROSE reviews a new book that looks at the lives of young people in Britain today and considers why the Labour leader has been such an inspiring figure.

As a young, Labour-voting, Corbyn-supporting, politically active university graduate, I do not feel that I was the target audience for Liam Young’s debut political memoir, Rise: How Jeremy Corbyn inspired the young to create a new socialism. Yet, the narrative echoes conversations my friends and I have on a daily basis.



The Origins of Jeremy Corbyn

Sep 7th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Jeremy Corbyn’s rise is only the latest in a long line of left-wing ‘corrections’ to a rightward drift in the Labour Party, which date from before it was even founded, argues GRAHAM TAYLOR.

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party in September 2015, was unexpected, but not unprecedented. The party has customarily been divided into a right wing (close to Liberals and Conservatives), a left wing (close to Marxists but not Marxist) and a reformist or social democratic core, and since its beginnings there have been drifts to the right interrupted by sudden left-wing corrections.



Ada Salter Honoured in her Home Town

Sep 5th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead, News

Until recently, pioneering ILPer Ada Salter was little known in her home town of Raunds. GRAHAM TAYLOR reports on the first event ever to celebrate her legacy in the Northamptonshire town.



The Interwar ILP – Lessons for Today?

Aug 16th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

IAN BULLOCK assesses the record of the ILP between the wars and seeks to draw a few lessons for Labour and the left today.

First, I’d like to point out that the words ‘lessons for today’ in the headline of this piece is followed by a question mark. I have no ambition, still less ability, to prescribe lessons for the Labour Party or anyone else. But I’m more than happy to suggest a few possible contenders on the understanding that lessons are, so to speak, very much in the eye of the beholder.



Don’t abolish the National Policy Forum – transform it

Aug 16th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Labour’s National Policy Forum may be flawed, but it needs to be reformed, not abolished, argues HUGO RADICE.



Accessing the ILP Archives

Jul 3rd, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The ILP archives at the London School of Economics is regarded as a “key heritage collection” by the library’s politics curator, DANIEL PAYNE. It contains a huge variety of fascinating material dating from the organisation’s birth 125 years ago, and covering much of its rich history as a significant force in shaping the outlook and development of the Labour movement. Here, Payne provides an overview of what’s available and explains how to search and access the archives.

At the LSE Library we consider the ILP archives one of our key heritage collections. It is highly significant and over the past 10 years has been consulted more than 2,200 times…



Transforming Labour’s National Policy Forum

Jun 12th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Labour policy-making needs to be more open and democratic, argues HUGO RADICE. And party members need to be fully involved. Could an online College of Labour provide the answer?



A Manifesto for Democracy

Mar 20th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

It is the contention of this brief paper that British democracy is not working, either philosophically or practically. Philosophically speaking, there is no effective representation; practically speaking, no political party is proposing radical reform to break the sclerosis currently evident in the system.



Between the Wars

Mar 13th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The period between the two world wars was one of the most turbulent in political history. The events of that time had a profound impact on the ILP and the development of British left-wing politics, as Ian Bullock describes in his important new book, Under Siege, reviewed here by HARRY BARNES.

After setting the scene in a brief and useful introduction, Ian Bullock takes us straight into his topic – the role and activities of the ILP between the end of the First World War in 1918 and the start of the Second World War in 1939. He covers an action-packed and complex period falling between these massive military conflicts, which profoundly affected the party political scene and had a major impact on the activities of the ILP.