First published in 1985. The essays in this book pull together the diverse strands of research to give a comprehensive picture of the Labour Party, which strived to carve out for itself a niche within an existing political framework. The first part of the book examines the composition, the national, local and regional organisation of the party, and its relations with the working classes, the TUC and the Liberals. In the second part the contributors discuss the party’s stand on the main political issues of the day: education, the suffragettes, Ireland and other major areas of concern in the political arena at the beginning of the century.

chapter |16 pages


The Edwardian Labour Party

chapter Chapter One|21 pages

Ideology and Composition 1

chapter Chapter Two|26 pages

The Labour Party in Scotland

chapter Chapter Three|25 pages

Establishing a Heartland – The Labour Party in Wales

chapter Chapter Four|16 pages

Labour in the Municipalities

chapter Chapter Five|24 pages

The Labour Party Press

chapter Chapter Six|29 pages

Labour and the Trade Unions

chapter Chapter 7|25 pages

Labour and Education

chapter Chapter Eight|34 pages

The Labour Party and State ‘Welfare’

chapter Chapter Nine|16 pages

Labour and the Constitutional Crisis

chapter Chapter Ten|21 pages

Labour and Women’s Suffrage

chapter Chapter Eleven|14 pages

Labour and Ireland

chapter Chapter Twelve|24 pages

Labour and Foreign Affairs: A Search for Identity and Policy