Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Category - Labour history

Some mouse

This year will mark the 80th anniversary of the Labour party leadership election of 1935. Its long-term historical significance is not in doubt, for its winning candidate went on to become the 20th century’s most...

A fearless advocate

Barbara Castle could have been Britain’s first female prime minister. Born Barbara Betts in 1910 in Pontefract, her mother was a Labour councillor, her father a tax inspector. She later moved to Bradford, where she...

The legacy of 1931

Eighty-five years ago this month, on 30 May 1929, the Labour party became the largest single party at a general election for the first time in its history. Labour won 288 seats to the Conservatives’ 260, and the...

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