Labour in Decline 1910–14

  • Roy Douglas


Was the Labour Party winning or losing support at the outbreak of the First World War? The answer to this question may throw some useful light not only on the political situation before 1914, but also on the Labour Party’s rise to power after 1918. If the Labour Party was making great incursions into the working-class vote before 1914, then we are probably led to the conclusion that the war merely hastened a process which would have occurred in any event; while if the evidence shows that labour’s roots among working people were shallow in 1914, this strongly suggests that it was events which occurred during and after the war which provide the main explanation of labour’s subsequent advance.


General Election Mining Constituency Labour Party Labour Parti Cent Liberal 
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    See P. F. Clarke, Lancashire and the New Liberalism (1971) p. 433 etc.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    R. Gregory, The Miners and British Politics, 1906–1914 (1968) pp. 12–13. All data given in the present article about proportions of miners in constituencies are based on this table.Google Scholar
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    See J. E. Williams, The Derbyshire Miners (1962) pp. 510–11.Google Scholar

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