Friends of the ILP

There is a great deal of scepticism towards all forms of politics, including ours. Many people are wary of political organisations and are cautious about being duped or used — often with good reason.

Yet, at the same time, people express the need to relate to others in some way. They want links to people with whom they feel something in common, the chance to share ideas and experiences, and to belong to a caring community.

Independent Labour Publications is an educational trust, publishing house and pressure group committed to democratic socialism and the success of a democratic socialist Labour Party.

Founded in 1893 as the Independent Labour Party, the ILP was a co-founder of the Labour Party at the start of the twentieth century. We seek to engage with others in discussing how this vision can be turned into reality.

The ILP comes from a long tradition of left wing organisations that have sought collective solutions to the inequalities and destruction caused by capitalism. We seek to continue that tradition today, to extend co-operative solutions to human problems by democratic means.

In seeking social justice and equality we set our sights high. We believe it is possible to improve the quality of life for many, not just the few; that a humane society is possible.

Ours is a damaged society, the outcome of how our world is organised and a product, ultimately, of the political choices made. The development of broadly based political and moral movements for change is a key element in challenging the status quo together with a radical and innovative Labour Party which seeks to connect with a wide section of society.

ILP Friends aims to bring together a broad spectrum of people who feel some agreement with the ILP’s ideas or at least want to support our efforts, even if they do not necessarily agree with everything we say.

The annual subscription for ILP Friends is £15. ILP Friends receive free copies of our publications and invitations to our events.

You can join via PayPal by clicking the button below, or you can send a cheque made out to ‘Independent Labour Publications’ to the address at the bottom of this page.