The ILP: Past & Present, Part 2
The ILP: Past & Present, Part 2 by Barry Winter and William Brown brings the ILP’s story right up to date, covering the post-war period when it struggled to survive and retain political relevance; to 1975 when it made a bold and principled decision to return to the Labour Party as Independent Labour Publications.
It goes on to chart the turbulent Thatcher years when the ILP developed a distinctive approach to Labour and political change that was often at odds with much of the rest of the left.
It also includes a whole new section that traces the last 30 years, a period when the ILP has continued to provide an independent left voice within and outside the party – whether under new Labour, Ed Miliband, Jeremy Corbyn or Keir Starmer.
Part 1, published in June 2023 (see below), takes the the ILP’s story from its birth in the last decades of the 19th century to 1945.
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The ILP: Past & Present, Part 1
The ILP: Past & Present, Part 1 by Barry Winter is published to mark the 130th anniversary of the organisation’s founding in January 1893. It is a revised and updated version of the first edition of The ILP: Past & Present, also written by Barry and published 30 years ago to coincide with our centenary celebrations.
Like its predecessor, the 2023 version describes the role played by different generations of ILPers in endeavouring to create a humanitarian, socially just society for all. It reviews the changing circumstances that they confronted while tracing the ILP’s ever-changing relationships with other political organisations, not least the Labour Party.
Unlike its predecessor, it is published in two parts. This pamphlet covers the first half of the ILP’s story, from its formation in the last decades of the 19th century, through its development in the early decades of the 20th, to 1945 when it found itself isolated from mainstream politics and a dwindling force on the left. Part 2, to be published later in 2023, will chart the post-war years.
£8.00 including p&p.