Sunday, January 14, 2018
125th Anniversary of the ILP
The founding conference of the Independent Labour Party (ILP) was held in Bradford exactly125 years ago today. A leading role in setting up the organisation was taken by Keir Hardie. He had been elected as an Independent Labour MP in West Ham the previous year. The ILP then went on to play a major role in the setting up of the Labour Representation Comittee in 1900, which itself became known as the Labour Party in 1906 with Keir Hardie becoming its first leader in the role of Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
The ILP's successor organisation today is Independent Labour Publications. Barry Winter, its former Secretary provides an important article about the ILP's history on their web-site. See this link.