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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, Frontpage, Lead

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

At its meeting on 17 July the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee’s discussion of the party’s ongoing democracy review appears to have favoured the abolition of its National Policy Forum (see reports of hte meeting by Sienna Rodgers, Luke Akehurst and Ann Black). While all are agreed that the NPF has been a pretty ineffective and opaque body, I think it would be a grave mistake to abolish it.



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…



ILP Lessons for Labour at Chartist AGM

Jun 14th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A session on lessons for Labour from the inter-war ILP will be at the heart of Chartist’s Annual General Meeting in London on Saturday 7 July.



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?



Shadow Foreign Secretary to Give Hopper Memorial Lecture

Jun 11th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Two of Labour’s leading women shadow ministers will take centre stage at the second Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture on the eve of the Durham Miners’ Gala in what will be a fitting climax to Education 4 Action’s week-long fringe programme called ‘Politics, Pits and Protest’.



People, Pits and Politics

Jun 8th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Durham is set to host a two-day ‘political festival’ called ‘People, Pits and Politics’ in the run-up to the north east city’s annual Miners’ Gala this July.



Debating the Future of Public Ownership

May 3rd, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

“Public ownership used to be out in the wilderness; now it’s all the rage,” claims the publicity for an event organised by the Independent Working Class Education Network to debate the future shape of the public sector.



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.