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A Short History of the Labour Party by Henry Pelling (auth.)

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And by the Labour Party. , realising both its power and its opportunity, began to take an active part in shaping a new foreign policy - a decision that was welcomed by Henderson. C. The Memorandum demanded the establishment of a League of Nations and of machinery for the mediation of international disputes; international trusteeship of African colonies; and international action to deal with economic problems such as the supply of raw materials. 42 Henderson's Party: War and Reconstruction (1914-22) These far-sighted recommendations alienated some extreme 'patriotic' union leaders, some of whom seceded from the party.

P. leaders MacDonald and Snowden were defeated because of their anti-war record; and Arthur Henderson also lost his seat. P. Of the well-known leaders of the party, only Clynes survived; and when the parliamentary party met to choose its chairman, it re-elected the Scottish miner Willie Adamson, 'respectable but dull-witted' as Mrs. Webb described him, 6 who had acted as chairman just before the dissolution. It should be added that the Co-operative Union entered 46 Henderson's Party: War and Reconstruction (1914-22) politics during the war, and sponsored several candidates, one of whom was elected.

3. 2. Hardie to Glasier, 27 Dec. 1908, Glasier Papers. 3. W. J. Braithwaite, diary 28 July, 1911, quoted in his Lloyd GlOrge's A"u,ul4lU1I Wago" (1957), p. 196. B2 33 A Short History of the Labour Party 4. P. Annual Report (I9IO), p. 58. 5. , Let Us Reform the Labour Party (19 10), p. 3. 6. MacDonald to Master of Elibank, 4 Oct. 191 I, quoted Frank Owen, Tempestuous Journey (1954), pp. 207 f. 7. Hansard, Parliamentary Debates, ser. 5, xxvi, 725. 8. Quoted W. P. , 1934), p. 209. 9. MacDonald to Hardie, I Feb.

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