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WWI: ILP Oppose the War Drive

Sep 16th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

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.



WWI: Alternative Voices & War Resisters

Sep 10th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A series of talks, discussions and conferences to remember those who opposed the First World War will be held in London this autumn, providing an alternative narrative to the official commemorations currently enjoying such a high profile in the media.



People’s NHS March Arrives in London

Aug 31st, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The People’s March for the NHS will arrive at its destination in London this Saturday, 6 September, when campaigners will be joined by thousands of demonstrators for the final leg from Red Lion Square to Westminster.



New Plaque for Refurbished Clarion House

Aug 19th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The country’s oldest surviving Clarion House has been undergoing some much needed renovation work thanks, in part, to the Big Lottery Fund, and the building now has a new plaque to adorn its newly refurbished walls.



Village Socialism in Theory and Practice

Aug 4th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

PAUL SALVESON argues that today’s open garden schemes put into practice some early ILPers’ theories of village socialism.



WWI: Exhibition Explores War Myths and Realities

Aug 4th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

An exhibition exploring the myths and realities of World War One opens in the Working Class Movement Library in Salford on Wednesday 6 August.



A Petition for People’s Public Services

Jul 28th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

We Own It, the anti-privatisation campaign, has launched a public petition calling for a new Public Service Users Bill “to give us a say over our public services, put our needs first and make outsourcing companies transparent and accountable”.



WWI: Making Socialists & Opposing War in Great Yarmouth

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

MICHAEL WADSWORTH looks at the birth of Great Yarmouth ILP and the small role it played in opposing the First World War in a town renowned for seafaring and the Royal Navy.
The intention to form a branch of the ILP in Great Yarmouth was announced at an open air meeting held on Brewers Plain during [...]



Unbalanced Britain: Wealth, Power and Poverty

Jul 16th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead, News

ILP members and friends gathered at the Circle conference centre in Sheffield at the end of June for the first in a series of one-day workshops on ‘Unbalanced Britain’.



Blue Labour Thinkers Gather in Nottingham

Jul 11th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Blue Labour thinkers, supporters and activists met at Nottingham University on 5 July to discuss ‘The Strength of Association: in the Family, Community and Workplace’.