History

ILP@125: Reflections on the ILP’s History

Jan 14th, 2018 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History, Lead

The ILP celebrates its 125th anniversary this week. BARRY WINTER marks the organisation’s brithday with a brief survey of its history and consideration of the lessons it can pass on to today’s left.



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.



The Lessons of 1917 … And All That!

Jan 11th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History, Lead

IAN BULLOCK marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution by arguing that the profoundly anti-political stance that took root among Leninists had dire and lasting consequences for socialism in the west.



The ILP, POUM and the May Days of the Spanish Civil War

Sep 8th, 2016 | By David Connolly | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History

With a plaque to their memory due to be re-dedicated later this month, DAVID CONNOLLY tells the story of the ILP volunteers in the Spanish Civil War and their connection to POUM.



Hunting for the Real Keir Hardie

Apr 8th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History, Lead

We should remember ‘diverse Keir Hardies’, argues DAVID HOWELL, versions of the ILP founder that stretch beyond the simplicities of socialist canonisation and patronising dismissal, but never attain the dubious establishment honour of ‘national treasure’.



ILP Profiles: David Rhys Jones – Welsh Socialist Pioneer

Mar 31st, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History

MARTIN WRIGHT assesses the life and contribution of David Rhys Jones, a little-known ILPer and early campaigner for Welsh socialism.



Keir Hardie: Evangelist and Strategist

Sep 4th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History, Lead

In this chapter from a new book on Keir Hardie, BARRY WINTER argues that the Labour Party founder’s political life and ethical socialism can still serve as a beacon for the left in today’s increasingly unstable world.



Reading the Past

Jul 22nd, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, History, Lead

The pre-war ILP plays a leading role in two new books of contrasting types – one a novel set in north east England, the other a radical ramblers’ guide to the capital. MATTHEW BROWN follows the literary and geographical traces of our past.



Growing Up in an ILP Household

Mar 12th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, History, Lead

It is with great sadness that we learned recently of the death of the ILP’s oldest member, Jennie Cuthbert. Jennie died peacefully in her sleep on Monday 9 March. Her lifelong membership of the ILP provided a living link between the modern organisation and the party’s earliest decades.



WWI: Down with the War!

Aug 4th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History, 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.