Posts Tagged ‘ The ILP ’

Jack Lawson: A Man’s Life

Oct 31st, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Harry Barnes’s review of Jack Lawson’s autobiography, A Man’s Life, has been re-published on the North East Labour History website. Like many of his era, Lawson first became politically active through the ILP which he joined in 1904.



Under Siege: The ILP in the Interwar Years

Oct 20th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Despite its decline, the Independent Labour Party preserved the values of democratic socialism during the interwar years, according to ILP historian Ian Bullock in his new book, due to be published by Athabasca University Press.



Robert Blatchford, the Clarion and Socialism as a Way of Life

Oct 16th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, 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.

“Make socialists and you will get socialism,” said Robert Blatchford. He identified two socialisms – ideal socialism and practical socialism – arguing that making socialists, socialising the nation, is very different to campaigning for votes. He asked, is the object to socialise the nation or to gain socialist representation in Parliament?



Watch Online: Suffrage Stories from the Leeds Convention

Oct 10th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The 100th anniversary of an historic Labour and Socialist Convention held in support of the Russian Revolution at Leeds Coliseum in 1917 was marked by a one-day event in the same city on 3 June this year. And now one of the key discussions from that event is available to watch online.



Cable Street Anniversary Prompts Call for Support

Oct 5th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Hope not Hate have marked the 81st anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street with a call for donations towards its current day efforts to “present a steadfast and united opposition to fascism”.

The day on 4 October 1936 when the people of the east end of London united to halt Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists (BUF) marching through Stepney is a historic date in the story of the anti-fascist movement.



Campaign to Honour Spanish Civil War Heroes

Sep 11th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Sculptor Frank Casey is aiming to raise £5,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to cast busts of Spanish Civil War heroes Bob Smillie and John Cornford.



Mary Barbour Statue to be Built in Govan

Sep 1st, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A statue honouring legendary campaigner and pioneering ILPer Mary Barbour will be unveiled later this year in Glasgow where she campaigned for tenants’ rights more than 100 years ago.



Historic ILP Building Gets Urgent Upgrade

Jun 5th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Funding from the ILP has helped to pay for much needed repairs and upgrades at an historic building in Lancashire that once belonged to one of the ILP’s founders, Katherine Bruce Glasier.



The Age-Old Roots of Labour’s Current Crisis

May 9th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Labour is facing an existential crisis, and parallels with the 1980s are painfully obvious. But the roots of the current crisis go much deeper, writes MARTIN WRIGHT.

The Labour Party is the child of hope and compromise. Its political DNA was made from two main elements more than a century ago. One was the counter-cultural, revolutionary enthusiasm of the late-Victorian socialist movement. The other was the pragmatic realism and political muscle of a trade union movement that wanted its own political party.



Unbalanced Britain: Education and Inequality

Apr 12th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

MELISSA BENN examines the continuing inequalities in our education system, and the failures of recent governments to close the gaps. What could Labour do to promote an alternative vision?

Despite endless policy initiatives, exhaustive reforms and official obeisance to the questionable aim of ‘social mobility’, our education system still has yawning gaps in outcomes between children from poorer and more affluent families. Despite the permanent revolution, surprisingly little has shifted.