Unbalanced Britain: What Future for Young People?

Aug 21st, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

GREG ROBERTS is an apprentice accountant and youth campaigner in north east Derbyshire. In June he spoke to the ILP’s day school on Unbalanced Britain about life for young people in these austere times.

Despite being born and spending half of my early childhood in Sheffield, I have, for the past eight years, lived on the border of Sheffield and Derbyshire. I went to school at Eckington Secondary School and did my A levels in mathematics, additional mathematics and physics at the school’s sixth form.

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.

WWI: Alternative Voices & War Resisters

Aug 19th, 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.

WWI: Resisting the War in Hebden Royd & Calder Valley

Aug 7th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

JONATHAN TIMBERS looks at the activity of ILP branches in the Upper Calder valley in the period before conscription was introduced in 1916, when the British army relied on volunteers to fight the Germans. It was the period before conscientious objection.

The story reveals a lot about the troubled relationship developing between the ILP and the Labour Party at local and national levels. It also shows that the ILP was a grassroots organisation whereas the Labour Party was an electoral alliance, determined to win elections rather than change hearts and minds.

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.

WWI: Down with the War!

Aug 4th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

On 6 August 1914, just nine days after the start of what came to be known as World War One, the ILP published a front page appeal in its weekly journal, Labour Leader, imploring the “workers of Great Britain” to unite with those across Europe and resist the government’s call to arms.

“Though our governments declare war, we declare peace,” it said. “Stand true in this hour of crisis. The flag of International Solidarity is greater than the flag of Britain, of Germany, of France, of Austria, of Russia. It waves over all.” Here we reproduce the editorial in full as part of our series on the ILP’s role in the World War One peace movement.

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”.

ILP Profiles: Morgan Jones and the First World War

Jul 27th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

WAYNE DAVID recounts the life of Morgan Jones, an ILP councillor and anti-war activist who emerged from the hardship of prison to become the first conscientious objector elected to Parliament.

Morgan Jones was born on 3 May 1885 in the village of Gelligaer at the foot of Gelligaer mountain. His birthplace was the small Rhos Cottages, close to the ancient parish church of St Catwg. The cottages were to remain his boyhood home.

ILP Profiles: Clifford Allen – The ILP’s Enigmatic Thinker

Jul 27th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

DAVID HOWELL recounts the life and career of Clifford Allen, an ILP chairman and editor between the wars, whose marginalised political vision was, perhaps, a lost alternative for the party and the progressive movement.

Reginald Clifford Allen was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, on 9 May 1889. His father owned a drapery business; his mother died aged 35 in 1903. She left her son two legacies – precarious health and moral seriousness.