Political Change and the Labour Party 1900-1918

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 2003 - History - 524 pages
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The nature and causes of the change in Liberal and Labour politics between 1900 and 1918 is a much argued question. There exists an enormous literature on the nature of the parties (their policies, ideas and aims) and on electoral change. Political Change and the Labour Party 1900-1918 embraces every aspect of these debates, providing a new and coherent explanation of the whole process by which Labour emerged as the principal party of opposition to the Conservatives. Dr Tanner utilises extensive data from the respective party records to examine the nature of the Liberal and Labour parties prior to 1914, both at the political centre and in the constituencies. In contrast to other accounts he does not neglect the social and political changes wrought by war. This book marks a major contribution to a perennial debate, with powerful implications for the study of electoral politics and the history of the Labour party in the first half of the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

The origins and viability of Progressive politics
19
Ideas and politics 19061914
44
The centre and the constituencies
79
The electoral framework of Edwardian politics
99
The NorthWest
130
The Tory regions
162
The coalfields
197
The heavy industrial heartlands
227
The end of the Progressive Alliance
384
CONCLUSION
419
The Scottish parliamentary electoral system
443
The politics of the plural vote 1910
447
LiberalLabour and Socialist conflict in parliamentary elections 19061914
451
Municipal election results in selected threecornered contests 19071913
458
Organisational assistance funded by the Durham Miners Association 1918 election
465
Favourable Labour electoral performances 1918 election
466

Yorkshire
249
Liberalisms reserve army
284
The Progressive Alliance in 1914
317
Industry politics and the Progressive Alliance 191418
351

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