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Labour and the municipality : Labour politics in Leeds 1900-1914

Dalton, Raymond David (2000) Labour and the municipality : Labour politics in Leeds 1900-1914. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    Abstract

    This thesis examines the emergence of the Labour Party in Leeds, from
    its establishment as the Leeds Labour Representation Committee in 1902
    up to the outbreak of the First World War. This will include a description
    and analysis of the very different political features of the Labour Party in
    Leeds in the parliamentary and municipal elections in this period.

    While only able to have elected one member of parliament before 1914,
    the Labour Party was to obtain a presence on the City Council in 1903
    and by 1914 became the second largest party.

    The success of the Labour Party in municipal politics was due to the
    willingness of most trade unions in Leeds to join with the Independent
    Labour Party in giving it political and financial support. This was
    achieved by the Party's advocacy of municipal government as a vehicle of
    social reform. In particular, they argued in favour of using the trading
    profits of municipally owned services for the financing of these reforms.

    A powerful voice in the Leeds Labour Party was provided by the unions
    organising municipal workers. As a result, the Labour group was to act
    as their defenders on the City Council in the face of a hostile
    Conservative-Liberal majority. However, the Party in Leeds was to
    establish a broad base of support from the trade union and socialist
    movements in the city, which enabled it to survive relatively unscathed
    the defeat of a general strike of municipal workers in 1913 and 1914.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID uk.bl.ethos.327145
    Uncontrolled Keywords: History, Political science, Public administration
    Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
    H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
    Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2009 11:29
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:39
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4872

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