chapter  8
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The nature of Labour’s support

By the mid-1920s, as we have seen, Labour had replaced the Liberals as the principal party of the left in British politics. And it had done so, unquestionably, by attracting to itself a far larger working-class vote than it had commanded before the war, or even in 1918. It had secured a wider geographical coverage, thanks partly to its own organizational effort. It had also acquired support among groups within the working class who had earlier remained outside its embrace. But who precisely were its newfound electors and adherents?