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Voting Behaviour

Feb 19th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

Behind the leadership of Emmeline Pankhurst were many lesser-known figures in the Votes for Women campaign in the north of England, some of them members of the ILP. ANTONIA CHARLESWORTH remembers their contribution to the fight for women’s suffrage and profiles one Lancashire ILPer who played her part.
Manchester’s place in the history of the women’s [...]



ILP Profiles: David Thomas, Pioneer of the Welsh ILP

Feb 8th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

MARTIN WRIGHT remembers the remarkable life and immense contribution of a north Walian stonemason’s son who was instrumental in the early ILP’s growth and influence in Wales.

Wales was one of the great socialist heartlands of 20th century Britain. The early growth of the ILP was, however, relatively slow there. The party began to put down roots in industrial south Wales in the 1890s, but it wasn’t until after 1906 that it began to make headway in the mountainous, slate quarrying regions of the north.



Is Our Democracy Broken?

Jan 12th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The state of British democracy and how we can fix it will come under scrutiny at the Dronfield Labour party Discussion Meeting in north-east Derbyshire this Sunday when Vicky Seddon, coordinator of Sheffield for Democracy, will be the main speaker.



More photos from Catalonia

Jan 8th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles

David Connolly and Aurelia Quinto Aznar at the Benjamin Franklin International School.

Training at the Lenin Barracks with George Orwell at the back and Staff Cottman three places in front of him. Aurelio Quinto is the officer front left, right hand in pocket.

Training at the Lenin Barracks with George Orwell at the back and Staff Cottman [...]



Boggart Hole Clough & the ILP’s Campaign for Free Speech

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

An area of open ground in north Manchester once hosted meetings with Keir Hardie and Emmeline Pankhurst, and became the focus of a battle for political freedom. ROD PETERS tells the tale.

Boggart Hole Clough in the 1890s covered some 147 acres of rough grass, sandy slopes, fields and natural woods. The geography of the Clough is such that a cup-shaped hollow, open to the brook side, makes a natural amphitheatre in the slope, holding perhaps 30,000 people.



Freedom of The City for Edward Carpenter

Dec 20th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

CHRISTOPHER OLEWICZ calls on Sheffield to correct “a historic injustice” by erecting a statue to the early ILPer and pioneer of gay rights an awarding him posthumously with the Freedom of the City.



Robert Blatchford, the Clarion and Socialism as a Way of Life

Oct 16th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, History, Lead

STEVE THOMPSON sketches a brief profile of Robert Blatchford, the founding editor of The Clarion newspaper, who campaigned for socialism as a way of life.



Standing Without Clapping – Assessing Corbyn’s Labour

Oct 10th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Labour’s position now looks similar to its 1945 stance, but we live in an entirely different nation and a much altered world. HARRY BARNES considers what the ’45 government achieved and what Corbyn’s party can learn from those years.



Alfred Martlew and the Richmond 16

Jul 20th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

ROS BATCHELOR examines the short life and sad death 100 years ago of an early ILPer and World War One CO who paid a heavy price for sticking to his conscience in defiance of military orders.

On 11 July 1917, a young man was found drowned in the River Ouse at Bishopthorpe, a village south of York. He was eventually identified as Alfred Martlew, a conscientious objector, whose stand in the spring of 1916, had led to his forced enlistment in the army.



The Progressive Alliance and a War of Position

May 25th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Is the Progressive Alliance an idea whose time has come? GERRY LAVERY thinks so after reading a new Compass pamphlet on the election initiative.

The call for a Progressive Alliance starts from the idea that our electoral system gives the Conservatives a built-in advantage and enables them to govern nationally even though most people do not vote for them. With some co-operation between ‘progressive’ parties, we could counter this injustice and ensure a candidate from a non-Tory party takes the seat.