The First Labour Government, 1924

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BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

These remarks do not attempt a comprehensive coverage of the sources used in the book; specific references are available in the notes. Government publications, such as Parliamentary Debates and Command Papers, are indispensable, and call for no special comment here. The most useful reports from organizations are those of the Labour Party Annual Conference, the ILP Annual Conference, the TUC and the Miners' Federation of Great Britain ( Annual Volume of Proceedings). For most trade unions, reports of proceedings in the Daily Herald were used. Many of these organizations, and the National joint Council (of the TUC, Labour Party Executive and Parliamentary Labour Party), published various ad hoc pieces of literature, ranging from election leaflets to major reports such as the National Joint Council's The Waste of Capitalism, a report of the NJC's Committee of Inquiry into Production, in March 1924.

Of the newspapers, The Times and the Daily Herald (then the only daily sympathetic to Labour) were consulted throughout the period; four Liberal papers, the Daily Chronicle, the Daily News, the Westminster Gazette and the Manchester Guardian, were used selectively, and especially for the period of the Liberal shift from support of the Government to opposition, July through October 1924. Articles from other dailies were consulted chiefly in the form of clippings in the files of the Labour Party Library at Transport House. Of the party and trade union journals, the most useful are the New Leader, then edited by H. N. Brailsford, and the Glasgow Forward, edited by Thomas Johnston, M.P. (now the Rt. Hon. Thomas Johnston). Since both were ILP organs, and the latter pretty much a Clydeside one, there is some danger that the researcher will find himself seeing the party's behaviour primarily through the eyes of the left wing. This risk is accentuated by the fact that the Daily Herald, edited by Hamilton Fyfe, was as yet neither a tame organ of the big battalions nor a commercial success; it still dissented frequently from the majority or official Labour

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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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