Liberals and the Desire for Working-Class Representatives in Battersea, 1886–1922

  • Chris Wrigley


From the mid-1880s in Battersea there was a growing desire for working-class representation. At first this seemed strong enough to overwhelm the liberal and radical organisations in the area. However, this spontaneous desire was not channelled into an independent organisation. The local M.P., John Burns, increasingly drifted towards the liberals in the 1890s, and the Battersea Trades and Labour Council worked with the Liberal and Radical Associations, taking on a marked lib-lab hue after 1897. Local politics were dominated by the Progressive Alliance of liberals, radicals, labour and socialists. The progressives controlled the vestry and borough council from 1892 until the First World War, except for three years when the liberal elements felt strong enough to break away. After the end of the war the liberals were swept away.


Trade Union Unskilled Worker County Council Labour Party Liberal Government 
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