Parliamentary Labour Party Papers, 1906-1969

Parliamentary Labour Party Papers, 1906-1969

Parliamentary Labour Party Papers, 1906-1969

The Parliamentary Labour Party is the organisation of Labour members of Parliament (MPs) founded in 1906. These papers cover that foundation; then follow the Party through Ramsay MacDonald's Governments, two world wars, the first Harold Wilson Government and the early part of his second Government.

The events in these records are a reflection of current events as much as of the Party itself. From the suffrage campaign for the electoral enfranchisement of women, to nuclear tests over the Pacific Ocean, through the Beveridge Report, the Trade Union Bill and the development of the United Nations. Early policies like the minimum wage would not pass for decades and Party discipline would be a challenge for every Party Leader. Those challenges existed alongside the removal of the right for employers to sue trade unions and the creation of social services.

These papers have been arranged by year and divided into thematic groups for ease of analysis. Further details of contents accompany these items at group and at document level.

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Formation, 1906-1913

Formation, 1906-1913

These papers cover the formation and early years of the Parliamentary Labour Party, from the first meeting's minutes to the year before the First World War. Issues discussed in these minutes...

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The First World War and Bloody Sunday, 1914-1920

The First World War and Bloody Sunday, 1914-1920

From the Party's meeting with a deputation led by Sylvia Pankhurst, to the Great War, decisions upon conscription, and the events of 'Bloody Sunday', this period was as significant for the...

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Post-war Years and Turmoil Abroad, 1921-1928

Post-war Years and Turmoil Abroad, 1921-1928

In the aftermath of the First World War, international and colonial relations remained unsettled. From the King officially announcing Ireland's independence, to the question of whether British troops should remain in...

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The Armament Question, 1928-1937

The Armament Question, 1928-1937

In the latter 1920's and at a distance from the First World War, the size of the military started to come into question as politicians wondered whether it really needed to...

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The Second World War and the Korean war, 1940-1953

The Second World War and the Korean war, 1940-1953

The Parliamentary Labour Party Papers from October 1937 through to 1939 were destroyed during the Blitz. These papers represent the existing records, commencing as they do in 1940. These minutes cover...

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The Hydrogen Bomb to the Iraqi coup d

The Hydrogen Bomb to the Iraqi coup d'etat, 1953-1958

These years saw some of the greatest ethical dilemmas in the Party's history. The development of the hydrogen bomb was particularly controversial and as such would be discussed in some detail....

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Colonial Unrest and European Union Development, 1958-1969

Colonial Unrest and European Union Development, 1958-1969

The various stages of development that led to the creation of the European Union and questions regarding the United Kingdom's place in it are a continuing theme throughout these documents. The...

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