Lewis Minkin (1936-2021)

Lewis Minkin, who has died aged 84, wrote three authoritative, even definitive, books on the exercise of power and political influence inside the Labour Party. In researching The Labour Party Conference (1978), The Contentious Alliance (1991), and The Blair Supremacy (2014), Minkin accessed records available to few and clearly spoke to everyone; equally clearly, everyone spoke to him. Taken together, these three monumental works are … Continue reading Lewis Minkin (1936-2021)

Scott Rawlinson (University of East Anglia) on the labour movement and Labour Party in Peterborough, 1898-1939

My PhD research looks at the development of the labour movement and Labour Party in Peterborough from 1898 to 1939, with a particular focus on the period from 1918 to 1939. The aim is to understand the nature of Labour organisation and identity in a mixed constituency beyond the heartlands (that is, an area which does not occupy a special place in standard histories of the party’s development, and … Continue reading Scott Rawlinson (University of East Anglia) on the labour movement and Labour Party in Peterborough, 1898-1939

‘These Apish Tricks’: Newspaper Cartooning and the Struggle for the Labour Party, 1900–1914

Author: Samuel S. HydeThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (2), 157–197. Find out more. The Labour Party’s use of cartoons is an underexplored aspect of its history. This article examines the role of cartooning in Labour’s formative struggles, as a constituent of the cultural processes that helped shape the Labour alliance, prior to the First World War. From … Continue reading ‘These Apish Tricks’: Newspaper Cartooning and the Struggle for the Labour Party, 1900–1914

Matthew Case-Legge (Chichester) on the Labour Party and the debate over public ownership

I visited the Labour History Archive and Study Centre, attached to the People’s History Museum in Manchester. For my dissertation, I wanted to examine the development of the Labour Party’s conception of the public ownership of industry during the inter-war period. Before arriving I was not sure quite which industry to focus on, waiting for that to be informed by the amount of material available. … Continue reading Matthew Case-Legge (Chichester) on the Labour Party and the debate over public ownership

Sam Pallis (Queen Mary/UCL) on 1968 as a turning point for British Trotskyism

My dissertation explores how 1968 transformed the nature of Trotskyism within the Labour Party (LP). Before 1968, Trotskyist groups within the Party had primarily pursued a workerist notion of Marxism, relegating race and women’s liberation as subsidiary to the class struggle. Alongside this they viewed Lenin’s notion of the vanguard party, run by a tight group of cadres, as the only means by which to … Continue reading Sam Pallis (Queen Mary/UCL) on 1968 as a turning point for British Trotskyism

Sources for the Parliamentary Labour Party

The Society for the Study of Labour History produced a fact sheet to coincide with the Parliamentary Labour Party Centenary Conference, London South Bank University, 24-25 November 2006. It provides an overview of key collections held at institutions that are members of the SSLH Archives and Resources Committee. The guide was updated April 2019. Download the fact sheet in PDF format. Continue reading Sources for the Parliamentary Labour Party

James Squires (Sheffield Hallam) on the relationship between the CPGB and Labour Party

Thanks to the generosity of the Society for the Study of Labour History, I was able to spend a two-day research trip in London, and attended both the National Archives and the Marx Memorial Library. My research focuses on the relationship between the Labour Party and the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) throughout the 1920s. This trip complemented my existing research, and has given … Continue reading James Squires (Sheffield Hallam) on the relationship between the CPGB and Labour Party

Aidan Gibbons delves into the archives to compare Labour’s swings to the left in 1979-1981 and 2015

In March 2017, a bursary from the Society for the Study of Labour History enabled me to visit the Bishopsgate Institute in London and the People’s History Museum in Manchester. This was to conduct research for my Dissertation entitled A Comparison Between the Two Recent Swings to the Left Within the British Labour Party, 1979-1981 and 2015. My visit to London was focussed upon discovering … Continue reading Aidan Gibbons delves into the archives to compare Labour’s swings to the left in 1979-1981 and 2015