Ada Salter and the Origins of Ethical Socialism
Ada Salter and the Origins of Ethical Socialism by Graham Taylor is 28-page A5 pamphlet that explores the origins of the early ILP’s ethical socialism and argues that the ideas behind its hard-headed moral and political framework can serve as an inspiration for the left today.
It draws on Taylor’s much-praised biography of Salter, who pioneered the transformational Bermondsey Revolution in south east London in the early years of the 20th century, explores the history of the ideas that inspired her, and looks at what happened to those political ideals in the second half of the 20th century.
£4.00 including p&p.
They Did Not Pass
They Did Not Pass: 300,000 Workers Say NO to Mosley is a contemporary ILP account of the Battle of Cable Street 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) from marching through Stepney. The ILP was one of the organisations that helped to organise the resistance and this pamphlet was published soon afterwards.
Originally sold for one old penny and sub-titled ‘A Souvenir of the East End Workers’ Victory over Fascism’, we are pleased to make it available free to mark the 80th anniversary of the Cable Street events.
Unbalanced Britain: Housing in Crisis
Unbalanced Britain: Housing in Crisis, by Quintin Bradley, Simon Jose, Ellen Robottom and Barry Winter, is a 20-page A5 pamphlet that brings together contributions from three of the main speakers at the ILP’s Unbalanced Britain seminar on the housing crisis held in Leeds in March 2016.
A report of that conference is available here where you can also find links to earlier versions of these articles. This pamphlet also includes a new introduction by Barry Winter and an account of earlier housing struggles in which the ILP and ILPers played a significant role.
Together, these five pieces amount to a compelling call for politicians to address the defining issue of our time.
£3.50 including p&p.
ILP Lapel Badges
ILP enamel lapel badge
Featuring the unique ‘S’ logo used by the Independent Labour Party in the early years of the 20th century.
Red and gold design.
2cm in diameter.
£3.00 including p&p.
Homage to Tom Maguire
Homage to Tom Maguire by EP Thompson is a 40-page, A5 pamphlet about the Leeds ILPer, poet, propagandist and photographer Tom Maguire, a radical organiser who played a vital role in the Leeds gas strike of 1890 but died in poverty five years later at the tragically young age of 29.
Originally published in 1960 in a memorial book of essays to the socialist scholar GDH Cole, it is re-published in pamphlet form in memory of two more recent Leeds ILPers, Walt and Annie Mallorie.
Click here for more information.
£5.00 including p&p.
John McNair’s Spanish Diary
John McNair’s Spanish Diary is a first-hand account of the Spanish Civil War written by a lifelong ILPer who later became the organisation’s general secretary. This pamphlet contains a brief account of McNair’s life followed by his own contemporary, first-hand reporting of events in Spain in 1936. Almost eight decades later, it remains a compelling read and a testament to the author’s reputation as a born storyteller.
Originally sold for 40p, we are pleased to be able to make it available free.
Unbalanced Britain: Corporate Power and our Me-based Culture, by Barry Winter, is an eight-page A4 pamphlet based on Barry’s introductory talk at the ILP’s first ‘Unbalanced Britain’ workshop at the Circle centre in Sheffield on 28 June 2014.
Updated in 2015, it provides useful background reading for the ILP’s series of Unbalanced Britain meetings which will resume in 2016.
Postcards from the ILP’s ‘Coming of Age’ conference and celebration in Bradford on 11 April 1914, 11 years after the organisation was founded in the same city. The illustration declares socialism as ‘the hope of the world’ and is signed by Chairman J Keir Hardie and Secretary Francis Johnson.
First issued 2015.
Pack of three: £1.60.
Land and Freedom – 2013 edition
Land and Freedom is an expanded edition of the ILP’s short but moving account of the Spanish Civil War, using the often-silenced voices of Spanish activists. Focusing on events in Catalonia, it shows how even today, there is much more to be remembered than the courage of members of the International Brigade.
The pamphlet now includes a brief and poignant profile of the ILP volunteer Stafford Cottman.
ILP Calendar 2013
An A4 wall calendar to mark the ILP’s 120th anniversary featuring political cartoons from the 1890s and 1920s. Each month is illustrated by socialist cartoons first published in Keir Hardie’s newspaper, Labour Leader, or its ILP successor, New Leader. They are not only a poignant reminder of our past but retain significant political relevance today.
Price £6.00, including p&p (reduced from £9.00).
The ILP: Past and Present
A lively, frank and well-illustrated account of the ILP’s history from its grass-roots origins in the 1890s to the present day; it provides a commentary on the Labour party’s development, including the rise and fall of the Labour left.
This publication is now sold out.
A Socialism for Our Times: The ILP Perspective
In spite of the claims regularly made that capitalism is triumphant, that it is our fate, and that there is no alternative, we seek to demonstrate that we can build a credible socialism for our times.
Published in 2003.