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By Henry Pelling

Delivering an introductory account of the Labour occasion from its beginning, this publication covers the full interval as much as the overall Election of 1992 and the following collection of John Smith to be successful Neil Kinnock as celebration chief. It additionally discusses the function of labour unions in the social gathering.

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This was just at a moment when the party's revised constitution and policy were beginning to win it an increasing number of middle-class recruits. The demand for a peace without annexations, for instance - the old demand of the UDC - brought to the party many of the able young Liberals who had opposed the war and had then despaired of their own divided party. Henderson's Party: War and Reconstruction 43 At the same time, it had become obvious that the parliamentary leaders had won their place in the coalition not because of their numbers in the House but because of the strength of the industrial movement with which they were linked.

The Communist Party had been formed that year, by Henderson's Party: War and Reconstruction the amalgamation of the old BSP and various other smaller left-wing groups on a basis of support for the Russian Bolsheviks. The BSP had been affiliated to the Labour Party since 1916, and it might have seemed natural for the new party also to have secured affiliation as a socialist society. But the national executive rejected the application on the ground that the Communist aims were not in accord with the constitution, principles, and programme of the Labour Party.

Thus in its success it assumed a more general and national character 45 46 A Short History of the Labour Party than before, with MPs from all classes of the community - a fitting prelude to its assumption of the role of His Majesty's Opposition. FURTHER READING Of the books listed at the end of the previous chapter which cover this period see particularly McKibbin (1974) for organisational developments. For the impact of the war see R. Harrison, 'The War Emergency National Workers' Committee, 1914-1920', in A.

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