Posts Tagged ‘ Ethical socialism ’

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: Katharine Bruce Glasier – The ILP’s Spiritual Socialist

Nov 25th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

History has often overlooked Katharine Bruce Glasier in favour of her more famous husband. But, as PAUL SALVESON shows, she was an inspiring figure who made an immense contribution to the socialist movement.

Katharine Bruce Glasier was one of the most remarkable figures in the English socialist movement. She was one of the most popular figures in the ILP, always in great demand as a speaker from the early days of the 1890s through to the 1930s. She became known as “the grandmother of the Labour Party”.



ILP@120: George Lansbury, the ILP and a Re-Imagined Labour Party

Nov 15th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Labour MP JON CRUDDAS recently delivered the inaugural George Lansbury Memorial Lecture at Queen Mary University in Mile End, east London. He called it ‘The Choice before One Nation Labour – to Transact or Transform’. Here is the text.

George Lansbury is one of the great figures in the history of the Labour Party, a man adored and dismissed in equal measure. He embodies the history of both ethical socialism and the ILP in this country.



ILP@120: Ada Salter – Sister of the People

Nov 11th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Ada Salter’s ideas and activism transformed social and economic conditions in a poverty-stricken corner of south-east London, and revolutionised local politics. So why has she been written out of Labour history? GRAHAM TAYLOR reveals her remarkable story.

Ada Brown was born in 1866 in Raunds, Northamptonshire. Her family were Gladstone Liberals in politics and Wesleyan Methodists in religion, but she was more radical on both counts.



ILP@120: Arthur Raistrick – The Dales’ Own Man of Peace

Sep 12th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

BARRY WINTER remembers Arthur Raistrick, the writer, geologist, pacifist, educator and ILPer who became the ‘Dalesman of the Millennium’.

Arthur Raistrick was born in 1896 into a working class family in the model industrial village of Saltaire in Yorkshire. His mother, Minnie, together with other relatives, worked at the famous Salt’s textile Mill. His father, George, was an engineer and a socialist. He was a founder member of the ILP and many well-known ILP speakers stayed at their home.



ILP@120: Ethical Socialism, Capitalism and the State

Mar 11th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Ethical socialism past and present, and its place in a ‘one nation’ Labour Party, will be the focus of debate at the ILP’s annual weekend gathering of members and friends at Scarborough’s Esplanade Hotel on 4/5 May.



On ‘The Common Table’

Feb 27th, 2013 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

BARRY WINTER argues that a recent article by Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford, two men at the heart of Labour’s policy review, is the most imaginative line of thinking for the left and the party we have seen for more than a generation.



Good old George

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

JON CRUDDAS MP recalls the life of former Labour leader and east London ILPer George Lansbury, arguing that his life, work and principles crystallise the journey of political rediscovery underway in Ed Miliband’s ‘one nation’ Labour Party.

George Lansbury is one of the great heroes of the Labour Party. He was to quote the great historian AJP Taylor, “the most lovable figure in British politics”, one of the most extraordinary people ever to join our party.



Radical Regionalism or a Retreat to the Heartlands?

Oct 15th, 2012 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Comment, Features, Frontpage

DAVID CONNOLLY is unconvinced by the central argument of Paul Salveson’s Socialism with a Northern Accent.