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

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The object of Syndicalism was to win control of the economy by industrial action, and as a first step it sought to turn the unions into agents of its purpose, making them industrial unions instead of craft unions, and effecting amalgamations of small societies in the same or kindred industries. The most prominent Syndicalist leader was Tom Mann, who had come to public notice for his part in the 1889 dock strike, 25 A Short History of the Labour Party but who since then for ten years or so had been working in New Zealand and Australia.

Forward, 10 Feb . 1917, quoted C. T. Litt. thesis) , p. 198. 4. Diary, I I Dec. 1917, M. 1. 9 12-1 9 2 4 ( 195 2 ), p. 99· 5. Labour Party Seventeenth Annual Report (1918) , p. 140. 6. M. 1. Cole, op. cit. p. 141. 7. George Young, quoted Maddox, Foreign Relat ions in Br itish Labour Politics , p. 74. 8. Henderson to Inkpin, I I Sept. 1920, quoted in Labour Party Annual Report (1921) , p. 19. 2. Labour Party Annual Report FURTHER READING Dr . McKibbin's study, mentioned on p. 34, is the best account of organisational developments.

The remaining seats would be available for the nominees of trade unions a nd Socialist societies, between whom no distinction now remained. In accordance with the resolution of the 191 7 conference, the actual election to all seats on the Executive was to be done by the whole conference: the federal principle had thus been abandoned. If the Executive was henceforth to be completely dominated by the union block vote , at least the Socialists were to gain by the party's adoption of a Socialist constitution.

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