Posts Tagged ‘ 120th anniversary ’

Full Reading of Salters Play

Nov 14th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A full reading of Alison Mead’s play ‘Politic Man’, about pioneering ILPers Alf and Ada Salter, will be staged in Kent on Monday 24 November.



Salters Play to Perform at Cockpit Theatre

Sep 30th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A new play about the pioneering ILPers, Alfred and Ada Salter, will get its first hearing at London’s Cockpit Theatre on Monday 13 October.



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.



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.



Hardie’s ‘Sunshine of Socialism’ Speech

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

One hundred years ago this month, members of the ILP gathered in Bradford for its ‘Coming of Age’ 21st anniversary conference. In his address to delegates, KEIR HARDIE, the ILP’s guiding spirit and the Labour Party’s first leader, outlined how far the organisation had come since it was founded in the same city in 1893.

“The past 21 years have been years of continuous progress, but we are only at the beginning,” he said. Here we reproduce Hardie’s speech in full as an addendum to our series of historical profiles of ILPers published throughout 2013 to mark our 120th anniversary.



ILP@120: The Life and Times of Clement Attlee

Jan 14th, 2014 | By David Connolly | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Clement Attlee had a very long and productive political life. DAVID CONNOLLY provides a brief sketch of the prime minister who first learned his politics in the ILP in the early years of the 20th century.

Clement Richard Attlee was born on 3 January 1883, the seventh of eight children in a deeply religious, Anglican, middle class family. His father, Henry, was a Gladstonian Liberal. His mother, Ellen, a Conservative. The young Clement was educated at home where he learned to love cricket…



ILP@120: Mabel Tothill and the Bristol ILP

Jan 10th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Mabel Tothill was one of a small number of wealthy women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who took up the cause of socialism and joined Bristol ILP. JUNE HANNAM tells their story.

Born in Liverpool in 1869, Tothill was one of a dogged group who worked tirelessly together in socialist and Labour politics, linking women’s suffrage, peace and the campaign for municipal socialism.



ILP@120: Alf Mattison – Leeds Archivist and Labour Activist

Dec 16th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

A lifelong ILPer, Alf Mattison is best known as a local historian, and for his Leeds Labour archives, source of material on the movement’s early years. MICHAEL MEADOWCROFT discovers the man behind the footnotes.

Socialism has always needed its scribes and archivists. Alf Mattison was both, and without him Labour history in Leeds would be much the poorer. Virtually every account of socialism in the 19th and early 20th century uses Mattison’s diaries and notebooks but never dwells on Mattison the man.



ILP@120: Bob Edwards – A Lifetime on the Left

Dec 13th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

From Liverpool ILP to the House of Commons via Russia, Spain and the USA, Bob Edwards was politically active all his life. CHRIS HALL retraces his long journey.

Bob Edwards had a remarkably long political life. He was a member of the ILP ‘Guild of Youth’, then became an ILP member and a Labour Party member. He became a councillor aged just 22 and was a Labour MP from 1955 to 1987, retiring when he was 82. He met both Stalin and Trotsky, and served in the Spanish Civil War.