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Title: The Independent Labour Party 1938-1950.
Author: Thwaites, P. J.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3533 2070
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 1976
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The Independent Labour Party disaffiliated from the Labour Party, of which it had been one of the founding organisations, in 1932 because it disagreed with what it considered to be the timid approach of that party to the social, economic and political problems of the time. For the next six years, despite falling membership and a noticeable decline in its influence in the working class movement, the ILP attempted to offer itself as a revolutionary socialist alternative to both the Labour and Communist Parties. By 1938, the year taken as the starting point of this survey, the party had been forced by its growing isolation from the mass of the working class and its inability to form a united front with other left-wing parties to reconsider its relationship with the Labour Party. This thesis is in three parts. The first part, which acts as an extended introduction to the narrative, describes and analyses the party's structure and its revolutionary socialist political, social, industrial and international policies. The second part looks at the party's history for the period 1938 to 1950. The ILP's negotiations with the Labour Party were brought to an abrupt close in 1939 by the outhreak of war and this work describes in some detail the party's subsequent anti-war stand and the internal disputes over the question of the party's political role which tore it apart during the first five years of the post-war period. The narrative finishes in 1950 by which time all three ILP M. P. s had joined the Labour Party, the party' S membership had been reduced to half the pre-war figure, and its electoral support had drained away. The third part of this thesis examines in more detail the ILP's work in Parliament, in local government, and in the field of propaganda.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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