The First Labour Government, 1924

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the clichés of previous Labour Party housing doctrine. Evictions, however, were largely a sectional problem, and the section happened to be the Clyde, home of the least moderate Labour M.P.s. The Government, preoccupied with other matters, often tended to let these Members call the tune on evictions; the ill-starred Clause One was a product of Clydeside insistence.42 Generally speaking, the Government fell back on a series of hasty attempts to put the party's anti-landlord polemics of Opposition days into legislative form. Its Bills were expressions of an attitude, rather than responsible and practical measures. This attitude, which was scarcely more than a natural sympathy for tenants and an antipathy towards landlords, had sufficed in Opposition; it did not provide an adequate basis for action in office.NOTES
1. Interview in the New Leader, 11 Apr. 1924, p. 11
2. For achievements under Addison and Chamberlain schemes, see Ministry of Health, Fifth Annual Report, 1923-24 (Cmd. 2218), pp. 49-50.
3. See 13 and 14 George V cap. 24.
4. John McNair, James Maxton: Beloved Rebel ( London, 1955), p. 131.
5. Quotation represents the full title of the Committee's Report (Cmd. 2104; 1924). For Committee membership, see Report, pp. 5-6.
6. 169 H.C. Deb., 5 s., 2224; ibid., 1837-9 and 1847-8.
7. Barnes's Housing: the Facts and the Future, and Simon's pamphlet, Houses for All, reviewed in the Economist, 29 Dec. 1923, pp. 1139- 40.
8. 172 H.C. Deb., 5 s., 1447-95.
9. Housing (Financial Provisions) -- Memorandum (Cmd. 2151; 1924).
10. Interview in the New Leader, 4 July 1924, p. 9.
11. See, e.g. Samuel Roberts's speech on the Third Reading, 176 H.C. Deb., 5 s., 1639-48.
12. 175 H.C. Deb., 5 s., 122.
13. ibid., 123.
14. Major Birchall. 175 H.C. Deb., 5 s., 133-6.
15. E. D. Simon. 176 H.C. Deb., 5 s., 1679-80.
16. 174 H.C. Deb., 5 s., 1291-1312.
17. 176 H.C. Deb., 5 s., 676.
18. 174 H.C. Deb., 5 s., 1333-4.
19. Public Bills, 8 Jan. 1924 to 9 Oct. 1924, Vol. II, Bill # 167.
20. 176 H.C. Deb., 5 s., 493-522.

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The First Labour Government, 1924
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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • I - The Labour Party, 1918-1923 1
  • Notes 16
  • II - The Election of 1923: the Conservatives 18
  • Notes 39
  • III - The Election of 1923: the Liberals Lloyd George and the Dragon 42
  • Notes 52
  • IV - The Election of 1923; Labour The Politics of Glorious Aspirations 53
  • Notes 67
  • V - Results of the Election of 1923 A House Divided 69
  • Notes 80
  • VI - The Path to Office 81
  • Notes 94
  • VII - Cabinet Making 96
  • Notes 107
  • VIII - Housing 110
  • Notes 129
  • IX - Unemployment The Intractable Million 131
  • Notes 154
  • X - The European Problem Year of Opportunity 157
  • Notes 181
  • XI - Russia Path of Most Resistance 184
  • Notes 207
  • XII - Labourites, Socialists and Reformers 210
  • Notes 227
  • XIII - Problems of Minority Government 230
  • Notes 245
  • XIV - The Election of 1924 Red Letter Day 248
  • Notes 262
  • XV - The Election of 1924 Dimensions of Defeat 264
  • Notes 271
  • XVI - Aftermath 272
  • Notes 281
  • Appendix A: the First Labour Ministry - (january 22 to November 4, 1924) 284
  • Appendix B: the Unsolved Mystery of The Zinoviev Letter 286
  • Notes 289
  • Bibliographical Note 290
  • Index 295
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