A Short History of the Labour Party, 10th Edition by Henry Pelling (auth.)

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1934), p. 209. 9. MacDonald to Hardie, I Feb. 1910, Hardie Papers. FURTHER READING Documented narratives of Labour Party history covering this and later periods are to be found in Carl F. , 1965), and R. Miliband, Parliamentary Socialism (1g61), which has a strong left-wing bias. But one most valuable contribution to the study of the party in 1906-14 is Clegg, Fox and Thompson,op. cit. (seep. 17), though its narrative ends in 1910. , discussed details of legislation with Liberal ministers without consulting Hardie or Henderson, the Labour Party's chairmen.

At the same time, it had become obvious that the parliamentary leaders had won their place in the Coalition not because of their numbers in the House but because of the strength of the industrial movement with which they were linked. C. and of the unions to participate in various types of political action, which became evident for the first time in 1917, remained after the end of the war, and expanded into a threat of direct industrial action for political ends. C. in 1920 to secure a termination of British intervention against the Bolsheviks.

S who were not sponsored by the unions. P. C. type. ers - MacDonald had long worn the martyr's crown as the principal opponent of the war. ')2 The MacDonald Leadership (1922-31) Clydeside men were soon to regret their choice, because of the very moderate tone of MacDonald's domestic policies. But by then it was too late: for the 'leader' as he had become benefited from the sturdy loyalty of the trade unionists, who gave him the same trust as they themselves would have expected from the rank and file of a trade union during an industrial strike.

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