Dr. Robert Forgan's resignation from the British Union of Fascists

Alderman, Geoffrey
March 1992
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring92, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p37
Academic Journal
The article discusses the resignation of Robert Forgan from the British Union of Fascists (BUF) in Great Britain. Forgan was one of those Labour Members of the Parliament who left the Labour Party early in 1931 to join Oswald Mosley in his search for a new political order. The major events of Forgan's life have been crisply summarized by Barbara Hill and Colin Holmes in their entry for him in the Dictionary of Labour Biography, and they need be repeated here only in outline. During the summer of 1934, Forgan engaged in private dialogues with British Jews with the intention of arriving at a Jewish- Fascist agreement. Forgan announced his imminent decision to part company with Mosley and the BUF, and appears to have sought the good offices of the Board in securing an income, perhaps as a quid pro quo. Forgan emerges as a disillusioned and pathetic figure, already convinced that Mosley's anti-Semitism was beyond doubt, and that its infection of the BUF was irreversible.


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