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A Short History of the Labour Party by Henry Pelling (auth.)

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S were obliged to give a pledge to abide by the party's instructions in their behaviour in the House of Commons. This decision crippled the party financially, and various attempts made by the unions to continue their support for the Labour Party on a voluntary basis collapsed in the face of the apathy of their members. C. determined to secure legislation to reverse the decision. In the meantime, it had to fight the two general elections of IgIO, and in both its dependence upon the Liberals was very obvious.

1910, Hardie Papers. FURTHER READING Documented narratives of Labour Party history co vering this and later periods are to be found in Carl F. , 1965), and R. Miliband , Parliamentary Socialism (1961), which has a strong left-wing bias. But one most valuable recent contribution to the study of the party in 1906- I 4 is C legg, Fox and Thompson, op. cit. (see p . 17), though its narrative ends in 1910. , discussed details of legi slation with Liberal ministers without consulting Henderson, th e Labour Party's chairman.

1965), and R. Miliband , Parliamentary Socialism (1961), which has a strong left-wing bias. But one most valuable recent contribution to the study of the party in 1906- I 4 is C legg, Fox and Thompson, op. cit. (see p . 17), though its narrative ends in 1910. , discussed details of legi slation with Liberal ministers without consulting Henderson, th e Labour Party's chairman. From 1910 onwards, an equally valuable study of party organisation, based on the papers at Transport House, is R . McKibbin, Evolution of the Labour Party, 19l0-1924 (O xford, 1974 ).

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