The origins of labour representation in Woolwich

Tyler, Paul
March 1994
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring94, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p26
Academic Journal
The article explores the origins of labor representation in Woolwich, London, England. Woolwich became an industrial town by 1800. The origins of the Woolwich Labour Party go back to the 1880s, and followed the reemergence of socialist influence in Great Britain and the founding of the Social Democratic Federation. The main centers for working class politics in the 1880s were the local Radical Clubs. The Woolwich Labour Representative League emerged in 1891 as a result of an initiative by the London Trades Council to put up a candidate in the 1892 London County Council elections. Another important factor in the evolution of local political sentiment was a series of lectures by George Bernard Shaw at the Woolwich Radical Club, about industrial history and the economics of socialism.


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