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The forgotten Keir Hardie

John B Askew, in the Call, referring to an appreciation of Keir Hardie which has appeared in that Räte-Korrespondenz, an organ of the German Communist Party, says that Keir Hardie, “the man who set out to found an Independent Labour Party, and yet was resolutely determined to ignore the class struggle or the Marxist theories which alone could give such a party a firm foundation, presents a contradiction which is none too easy to unravel.”

Keir Hardie (1856-1915), was first elected to Parliament as a labour and socialist MP in 1892, helped set up the Independent Labour Party in 1893, and was a founder of the Labour Party. He died in 1915. Sylvia Pankhurst, who had been Hardie's lover, argued in this 1921 article that Hardie was always a class struggle politician and more influenced by Marx than many would have credited.

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The forgotten Keir Hardie

During his lifetime he was not always well regarded by contemporary socialists, particuarly those in the Social Democratic Federation. After his death labour movement biographers, keen to make Labour respectable, tried to play down his socialist credentials and stressed his religious and temperance background.
This article by Sylvia Pankhurst, written in 1921.

Keir Hardie (1856-1915), was first elected to Parliament as a labour and socialist MP in 1892, helped set up the Independent Labour Party in 1893, and was a founder of the Labour Party. He died in 1915. Sylvia Pankhurst, Hardie's lover, argued in this 1921 article that Hardie was always a class struggle politician and more influenced by Marx than many would have credited.

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LRC commits to build Defend The Link "as widely as possible"

LRC annual conference on 23 November voted to build the "Defend The Link" campaign "as widely as possible".

The annual conference on 23 November 2013 of the Labour Representation Committee, a Labour left grouping launched in 2004 by John McDonnell MP and supported by the affiliation of six trade unions, voted to build the "Defend The Link" campaign "as widely as possible".

It also passed a motion from AWL for an "internationalist campaign in the European elections", based on the LRC's policy passed in 2011: "In or out, the fight goes on"; "For a Workers' Europe".

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Labour and Tories: two cheeks of the same arse?

Recently the Tories drew level with Labour in opinion polls for the first time in 18 months due to the UK Independence Party's national vote collapse.

Recently the Tories drew level with Labour in opinion polls for the first time in 18 months due to the UK Independence Party's national vote collapse.

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LRC statement on the attacks on the Labour-union link

The creation of the Labour Party opened up the possibility of political representation for working class people.

A Labour Representation Committee statement on the recent attacks on the Labour Party-union link from the Labour leadership.

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Councillors against the cuts

Entire local services could close in many part of the UK, taking hundreds of jobs with them, as councils seek to make further budget cuts in 2013.

As local councils seek to make further budget cuts in 2013, left Labour councillors have pledged to fight against them.

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Labour councillors against cuts

The Labour Representation Committee (LRC) conference, 10 November, established an anti-cuts councillors network.

A similar plan made last year did not materialise, but, with more councillors now pledging to vote against cuts, and more likely to come forward as the attack on local government budgets deepen, there is fresh determination to get the initiative off the ground.

The Labour Representation Committee conference established an anti-cuts councillors network.

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Labour MP's back Bob Carnegie

The Labour Representation Committee has voted to support the Bob Carnegie Defence Campaign.

The Labour Representation Committee, the largest socialist grouping inside the Labour Party, unanimously voted to support the Bob Carnegie Defence Campaign at its 2012 AGM on Saturday 10 November.

Since the vote, LRC-supporting MPs John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn have expressed their personal support for the campaign.

The East Ham branch of the transport union RMT, and the Glasgow Community, Youth Work, and Not-for-Profit branch of the Unite union have also passed motions supporting Bob. The National Shop Stewards Network promoted the campaign in its November bulletin.

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Labour Briefing: a double coup?

Earlier this year the left saw the equivalent of a small dinosaur walking down the street. Labour Briefing magazine had, as its front page, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s slogan “Prenez le pouvoir” — “take the power”.

Mélenchon wouldn’t have known it, but for the inner core of Briefing, and for older readers, the slogan evokes a lot.

Making Labour Briefing the official journal of the Labour Representation Committee would marginalise other strands in the LRC.

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