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  Labour Party (UK) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Labour Party's origins lie in the late 19th century, when it became apparent that there was an increasing need for a third party in Britain to represent the interests and needs of the large working-class population (for instance, the 1899 Lyons vs. Wilkins judgement that limited certain types of picketing).
British politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was divided between the perceived 'establishment', represented by the Conservative Party (nicknamed the Tories), and a more radical 'non-conformist' tradition, based around for example Welsh and North Midlands Methodism.
The ILP under James Maxton disaffiliated from the Labour Party in 1932, removing a substantial proportion of the left of the party from membership.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_Labour_Party   (4731 words)

 Labour Party (UK)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Labour Party was establish by the reformist capitalist Fabian Society at a Conference on "Labour Representation" at Memorial Hall, London on February 27, 1900 as the Labour Representation Committee to act as the parliamentary arm of the trade union movement.
British politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was divided between the perceived 'establishment', represented by the Conservative Party (nicknamed the Tories), and a more radical 'non-conformist' tradition, based around Welsh Methodism.
The Labour Party is a member of the Socialist International and the Party of European Socialists (the social democrat bloc in the European Parliament).
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/labour_party__uk_   (2890 words)

 The Militant - November 30, 2004 -- What’s character of British Labour Party?
Since its formation in 1906, the Labour Party “in and out of government” has supported the British empire and Britain at war; doffed its collective hat to the British monarchy; exuded nationalism; and been a faithful servant of the British rulers’ assaults on workers at home.
In 1914 the Labour party leaders rushed to support World War I. The party that emerged after the first world interimperialist slaughter was a pale reflection of even the pre-war party, let alone having anything in common with a striving for class independence.
But the party leadership railed against the strikers and their leaders, playing the major part—alongside the TUC General Council—in ensuring the defeat of the strike.
www.themilitant.com /2004/6844/684436.html   (800 words)

 British Labour Party election manifesto, 1945
The Labour Party's programme is a practical expression of that spirit applied to the tasks of peace.
The Labour Party intends to keep going as much of the work of the Ministry of Food as will be useful in peace conditions, including the bulk purchase of food from abroad and a well organised system of distribution at home, with no vested interests imposing unnecessary costs.
The British Labour Movement comes to the tasks of international organisation with one great asset: it has a common bond with the working peoples of all countries, who have achieved a new dignity and influence through their long struggles against Nazi tyranny.
www.psr.keele.ac.uk /area/uk/man/lab45.htm   (4605 words)

 Waking Up to the Electorate: The Making of the British New Labour Party
Labour could count on good and improving support amongst the urban working classes, but this would never be enough to ensure majority government.
She should be made to feel from the very beginning that the Labour Party recognises her position and knows her needs, and that on every side throughout the campaign women are given a prominent and honoured position.
In a 1960 pamphlet reflecting on Labour's recent years in the wilderness, the MP Dick Crossman warned: 'politicians whose sole object, or even whose main object, is to regain office tend to be opportunists, to hedge and to equivocate in order to appease the voter'.
www.fathom.com /course/21701747/session4.html   (2430 words)

Harold Wilson, the leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, in reply to a letter from the secretary of the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO) in December 1963, wrote that his party's representatives had "strongly criticised the Colonial Secretary's decision to impose proportional representation in British Guiana.".
The Labour Party won the general election in Britain in October 1964 and Wilson became the new Prime Minister.
As a result, the Labour Party government, in an act of betrayal of its own principles, agreed with the American Government that the Sandys' formula should not be changed; that there should be no early independence for Guyana; and elections under proportional representation should take place on 7 December.
www.guyana.org /features/guyanastory/chapter173.html   (789 words)

 Labour Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The British Labour Party was created out of the desire of the working class to have independent political expression in Parliament, rather than be forced to vote Liberal or Tory at election time.
The Labour Party evolved from the Labour Representation Committee at the beginning of the 20th century.
Originally rooted in the trade union movement and to a certain extent the Fabian Society the Labour Party was never a revolutionary party and was from its inception a Social Democratic Party, however unlike today it was based on the aspirations of the working class.
www.laborsmilitantvoice.com /feaLabour.htm   (888 words)

 British Labour Party election manifesto, 1966
Labour's immediate objectives are agreements to stop all nuclear tests and prevent the spread of nuclear weapons; further, Labour will seek agreements to create nuclear-free zones and make possible agreed and verified inter national disarmament.
Labour believes that Britain, in consultation with her E.F.T.A. partners, should be ready to enter the European Economic Community, provided essential British and Commonwealth interests are safeguarded.
The Labour Government has worked and will continue to work for the granting to the Chinese Government of her rightful place in the Security Council of the United Nations, believing that there her differences with the rest of the world can best be resolved.
www.psr.keele.ac.uk /area/uk/man/lab66.htm   (9957 words)

 British Labour Party supports Burma
Labour condemns the Burmese government for its abuse of human rights and for disregarding the results of nation-wide elections in 1990-election that were won convincingly by the National League for Deocracy.
Blair her deep appreciation for the efforts made by the Labour Party in support of the struggle for democracy in Burma.
His rousing, evangelical Keynote speech was embraced by the Party faithful with full enthusism and admiration and hailed by the British media as one of the most outstanding conference speeches.
www.ibiblio.org /obl/reg.burma/archives/199610/msg00108.html   (888 words)

 British Labour Party Moves Toward PR
It was presented to Labour's National Executive in May, when Labour's leader John Smith made a statement accepting the logic of PR for European parliament elections and for the second chamber.
Although Labour has promised to increase its nominations of women candidates and there is a new initiative like the U.S.'s EMILY's List to fund women candidates, it will require a change in the voting system to reduce the macho, confrontational, winner-take-all political culture.
With all the UK minority parties in favor of PR and the Labour consensus moving toward it, the UK could be on its way to joining New Zealand in rejecting the winner-take-all, Westminster model of voting.
www.fairvote.org /reports/1993/georghiou.html   (877 words)

 The British Labour Party and war in historical perspective
The result of this vote was that the leadership of all the main European socialist parties ended up supporting their governments in the 1914-1918 war, which was imperialist on all sides and in which millions were slaughtered.
Labour supporters expected that foreign policy would include collective security with all the major players in the war against Nazism on board - including the Soviet Union, which had played a large role in the defeat of fascism - under the auspices of the United Nations.
As the Labour Party moved to the left in the 1970s and 1980s, (particularly as a result of the electoral defeat in 1979) it also adopted a foreign policy which was hostile to the deployment of US nuclear weapons on British soil.
www.marxist.com /Europe/lp_and_war.html   (1713 words)

 The British Labour Party and Foreign Policy, 1900-31, Part II
After the war, the Party supplanted the Liberal Party to become one of the two major political parties in Britain.
Most of the Labour Party initially supported the war as well, and in May 1915, Labour took office when Prime Minister Henry Asquith formed a Coalition Government.
It was the most disastrous day ever in the British Army's history, and the day with the most casualties in the entire war.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/british_history/57523   (663 words)

 How the British Labour Party was formed
The "New Labour" leadership want to rewrite the history of the Labour Party because it is in conflict with the Blair project.
The Labour Representation Committee, which was to become the Labour Party was set up by the Trades Union Congress in 1900, as a means of securing trades union representation in Parliament.
As many times in the past, the left wing of the party will be revived and strengthened as workers draw lessons from their own experiences and turn to the Labour Party.
www.marxist.com /History/how_LP_was_formed.html   (3057 words)

 Waking Up to the Electorate: The Making of the British New Labour Party
In the early decades of the twentieth century, many in the Labour Party fervently believed that it was eventually destined to dominate British politics.
Identify the factors that led to the Labour Party's failure to influence the British electorate.
The Labour Party's centenary is an appropriate moment to evaluate its performance across the twentieth century, and to reflect on why a party that has so many achievements to its credit nonetheless spent so much of the period in opposition.
www.fathom.com /course/21701747   (654 words)

 The British Labour Party and Foreign Policy, 1900-31, Part I
Although the Labour Party's roots can be traced back further, the direct predecessor of the Party, the Independent Labour Party (I.L.P.), was founded in 1893 by Keir Hardie, a Scottish miner, and others for the purpose of electing working-class Members of Parliament (MPs).
Britain was in the midst of fighting the Boer War in South Africa, which the Party strenuously opposed.
These were the issues which the Party was originally founded to address, not foreign policy.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/british_history/57522   (481 words)

 Marxism message, British Labour Party
Nigel is a member of a group that, as the Militant tendency, spent several decades of effective agitation inside the Labour Party, linked to an external group as well.
Since leaving the Labour Party, the former Militant groups have become like the reformed drunk of the left on the Labour Party question, defining it as a bourgeois party from the time of their break with it.
In the past the right wing of the Labour Party could count on the their friends at the tops of the major trade unions for support.
archives.econ.utah.edu /archives/marxism/2002w40/msg00055.htm   (824 words)

 Labour Party
The Labour Party won 29 seats in the 1906 General Election, the Liberals formed the new government.
Keir Hardie was elected leader of the party in the House of Commons, but was not very good with dealing with internal rivalries within the party, and in 1908 resigned from the post and was replaced by Arthur Henderson.
The Labour Party is the expression of the revolt of men and women against a materialist system of society which condemns to a narrow and stinted life the majority of our citizens and gives rewards to the greedy and acquisitive.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /Plabour.htm   (8597 words)

 Labour Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In this article we look at how the Party emerged from the struggles of the working class towards the end of the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th centuries.
Following on from our first introductory article on the founding years of the British Labour Party, Barbara Humphries continues her series of articles that look at the issues and characters involved in the British Labour Party’s history and development.
In this article in our series on the history of the British Labour party, Barbara Humphries looks at the early years of Labour in parliament and how the development of the class struggle forced the leaders of the party to make the final break with Liberalism.
www.socialist.net /html/labour_party.html   (450 words)

 Marxism and the British Labour Party
To justify their turn the leadership exaggerate the power of the Labour Party bureaucracy to hold back the tide of events, as if their will alone will forever determine the character of the Labour Party.
Again there is an attempt to blur the class character of the Labour Party to justify the "fundamental" change in its character.
For us it is a class question of supporting the Labour Party against the bourgeois parties, irrespective of their candidates.
www.marxist.net /openturn/main/3-3-3.htm   (2517 words)

 Labour Party conference - SourceWatch
The 2004 Labour Party conference was held at the Brighton Centre, Brighton from 26-30 September 2004 [2] (http://www.labour.org.uk/events/).
Manchester Central constituency Labour party has submitted a proposed rule change for discussion at this year's conference to ensure that in future a party chair is elected by the membership." [5] (http://www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1302024,00.html) The Labour Party 'chair' at the time of the conference was Ian McCartney [6] (http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page3527.asp).
Brownswood Branch Labour Party, acting in association with the Save the Labour Party campaign, passed a resolution "to seek support for instructing the NEC through Conference to draw up measures to...
www.sourcewatch.org /wiki.phtml?title=Labour_Party_conference   (3024 words)

 Lenin: The British Labour Party Conference
The Thirteenth Conference of the British Labour Party was held in London from January 29 to 31 (new style).
On Party discipline, for example, a resolution was adopted threatening expulsion from the Party for violation of the decisions of the Party or of the Parliamentary group.
In 1922 it became the organ of the British Labour Party.
www.marxists.org /archive/lenin/works/1913/feb/06.htm   (443 words)

 The British Labour Party and Defense — Greenwood Publishing Group
The authors examine in detail how defense policy, in particular nuclear disarmament, was Labour's Achilles' heel in the 1983 and 1987 general elections and how the party fundamentally changed its defense and security policies after its third successive election defeat.
As a result, Labour now has a pragmatic set of defense and security policies relevant to the 1990s, as evidenced by the party's robust position on the Gulf War, its support for Britain's nuclear deterrent, and its welcome of the "London Declaration" following the NATO summit in July 1990.
He gives a detailed insider's account of the infighting and ideological battles within the Labour Party that will be valuable for anyone interested in knowing how the United Kingdom's foreign policy might change (or remain virtually the same) under non-Conservative leadership.
www.greenwood.com /books/bookdetail.asp?sku=C4201   (376 words)

 Labour party on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Blair axes 'honours for sale' watchdog; As Labour is revealed to reward three out of four party donors.
Critics claim the governing Progressive Labour Party is committing political suicide.
NZ National party leaps ahead after Labour's long-term lead in poll.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/L/Labourpa.asp   (582 words)

 Iraq looms darkly over British Labour Party conclave   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
But it was clear that instability in Iraq -- and, especially, the uncertain fate of British engineer Kenneth Bigley at the hands of Islamic extremists who abducted him 11 days ago -- was overshadowing the first full day of the gathering in Brighton, a bohemian resort town on England's south coast.
Blair, keen to lead Labour to a third term in power in an election likely in May or June next year, had hoped that 18 months after the Iraq invasion, he would be able to refocus attention on domestic issues such as health care and education reform.
Labour kicked off the conference on Sunday with party chairman Ian McCartney declaring: "This week we take the next steps on our journey towards a historic third term of Labour government" after victories of 1997 and 2001.
www.turkishpress.com /news.asp?id=28666   (690 words)

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