The Containment of Labour
In 1906 it had been possible for working-class candidates to occupy an indefinite Lib-Lab position between the L.R.C. and the Liberal Party. By 1910 this was no longer a workable formal alternative to Liberalism or Labour. The alternative had ceased to be viable once its most powerful bulwark, the Miners’ Federation, had surrendered to the Labour Party. There were only two new Lib-Lab candidates in 1910, A. J. Bailey in Central Sheffield at both elections and the Watermen’s Secretary, Harry Gosling at North Lambeth in December. Of the sitting Lib-Labs, two — Richard Bell at Derby and J. Havelock Wilson at Middlesbrough — retired, nearly half were defeated, and the remainder were completely absorbed into the Liberal Party.
KeywordsLabour Party Liberal Party Labour Leader Labour Parti Liberal Intervention
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