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Campaign Kicks Off to Reprint Carpenter’s Seminal Poem

Oct 12th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A bid to reprint Towards Democracy, the seminal poem of Sheffield radical and founding ILPer Edward Carpenter, has been kickstarted with a crowdfunding campaign by the new co-operative publishing company, Millthorpe Press.



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.



Tribune Relaunched at Labour Party Conference

Sep 27th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Britain’s self-styled “oldest democratic socialist publication” was relaunched at Labour Party conference this week with new owners and a new editor.



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.



The World Transformed Festival Line-Up

Sep 6th, 2018 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Jeremy Corbyn, Naomi Klein, Owen Jones and Paul Mason just a few of the headline speakers at this year’s The World Transformed festival set to run alongside the 2018 Labour Party conference in Liverpool later this month.



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…