Late Victorian and Edwardian ‘Slum Conservatism’: How Different were the Politics of the London Poor?

  • Marc Brodie


Henry Pelling established the modern model for describing the politics of the late Victorian and Edwardian London working class. In his 1960s study of elections in this period, he said of the city:

There was little heavy industry in the metropolitan area, and large factories were rare. The working class was divided, more sharply than elsewhere, into the skilled artisans and the comparatively unskilled, depressed and often casual workers to be found generally in East London … So far as working-class Conservatism is concerned … the anti-alien sentiments of those living in areas of alien [Jewish] immigration led to a long period of Conservative voting on their part … the independent labour movement was so weak in London.1


Jewish Community Conservative Party Ethnic Prejudice Sink Hole Tower Hamlet 
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