The First Labour Government, 1924

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NOTES
1. Ramsay MacDonald among them; see Beatrice Webb's Diaries, 1924 32, ed. M. Cole ( London, 1956), p. 38 ( 21 July 1924).
2. Figures taken or derived from Dod's Parliamentary Companion, unless otherwise noted.
3. This and the following paragraph are based on figures in G. D. H. Cole , History of the Labour Party from 1914 ( London, 1948), pp. 170-1.
4. ILP, Weekly Notes for Speakers, 6 Nov. 1924.
5. forward, 8 Nov. 1924.
6. P. J. Dollan in the New Leader, 17 Oct. 1924, p. 8; The Times, 20Oct. 1924.
7. J. U. C. W. Reith (Lord Reith), Into the Wind ( London, 1949), pp 96-97.
8. 8D. C. Somervell, British Politics Since 1900 ( London, 1950), p. 163.
9. Cole, History of the Labour Party, p. 167.
10. Philip Snowden, Autobiography ( London, 1934), II, 716-17.
11. See The Times, 24 Oct. 1924; Annual Register, 1924, pp. 112-13; Liberal Magazine, Nov. 1924, p. 634.
12. New Leader, 10 Apr. 1925, citing official figures.
13. For an interesting analysis of this, which perhaps exaggerates its importance somewhat, see Philip G. Cambray, The Great Game of Politics ( London, 1932), p. 76.
14. See, e.g. Clement Attlee, As It Happened ( London, 1954), p. 62; B. Webb's Diaries) 1924-32,p. 46 ( 29 Oct. 1924); Miners Federation of Great Britain, Annual Volume of Proceedings. . . 1925, p. 584 (concerns miners' M.P.s in general); W. M. Watson in Forward, 15 Nov. 1924.
15. H. H.A.: Letters of the Earl of Oxford and Asquith to a Friend, 2nd series, 1922-7, ed. Desmond MacCarthy ( London, 1934), p. 107. Stephen R. Graubard has recently published a clear and telling statistical analysis of the Liberal failure that lies at the heart of the 1924 election, in his British Labour and the Russian Revolution, 1917-24 ( Cambridge, Mass., 1956), Ch. XIII.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • 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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