By Andrew Thorpe
After 13 years in energy, Labour unexpectedly again to being the occasion of competition in 2010. This re-creation of A heritage of the British Labour Party brings us up to date, analyzing Gordon Brown's interval in place of work and the Labour get together below the management of Ed Miliband. Andrew Thorpe's research has been the major single-volume textual content at the Labour social gathering on the grounds that its first version in 1997 and has now been completely revised all through to incorporate new approaches.
This new edition:
• covers everything of the party's historical past, from 1900 to 2014
• examines the explanations for the party's formation, and its goals
• analyses the party's successes and screw ups, together with its upward push to moment celebration prestige and memorable restoration from its difficulties within the 1980s
• discusses the most occasions and personalities of the Labour get together, resembling MacDonald, Attlee, Wilson, Blair and Brown
With his approachable kind and authoritative demeanour, Thorpe has created crucial examining for college students of political historical past, and an individual wishing to familiarise themselves with the heritage and improvement of 1 of Britain's significant political parties.
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The same could not be said for the Liberals. The most spectacular symbol of Liberal problems, of course, was the split between Asquith and Lloyd George in December 1916. Lloyd George took with him only about a third of the party's MPs; the rest, including most leading Liberals, followed Asquith into opposition. 9 The two sides were to reunite only in 1923, and in the intervening period a series of disputes embittered relations still further. But Liberal decline was about more than leadership jealousies.
At this time, 90 per cent of housing was rented from private landlords. Faced with rising wartime prices, and in some cases at least seeing a chance of profiteering, landlords sought to increase rents. This led in 1915 to a series of largely spontaneous protests which were then often co-ordinated by local Labour movements, as in Glasgow, where the ILP played a leading role. 21 Ultimately the government was forced to pass legislation fixing working-class rents at pre-war levels. This was significant in that it showed that Labour, more than its rivals, was the party which would defend working-class interests in housing: as with the Co-ops later, it helped move 42 A History of the British Labour Party Labour away from union-based issues and towards areas with some direct appeal to women, in particular.
And, finally, Labour had no 'prior call' on most of the new voters. The new voters were a heterogeneous bunch, and they were to be faced, at the end of the war, with an incredibly confusing political landscape. What was reasonably clear, at least by 1918, was that the Liberals were the party which had taken Britain into a bloody war that had left scarcely a family in Britain untouched by grief, and that they were divided and doubtful at a time when Labour and the Conservatives were united and self-confident.
A History of the British Labour Party by Andrew Thorpe