The Struggle Within the Labour Party

Authors

  • - A British Socialist (anon.)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-004-08-1952-12_4

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Abstract

The recent Margate meeting of the Trades Union Congress and the Morecambe conference of the Labor Party were the first to be held in thirteen years with Labor's leadership out of office. For five years of wartime coalition, and then six: years of Labor government, the initiative in and control of both gatherings were firmly in the hands of the right wing of the unions and the party. Despite occasional "revolts," the rank and file for the most part had to be content with endorsing policies handed down from above. Even now, nominal majorities can still be rolled up for the leadership, thanks to the block vote of more than two millions provided by the two general workers' unions and the mineworkers, on which both the TUC General Council and the Labor Party Executive can count automatically before any debate begins.

Published

1952-12-04

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