In 1934 he joined the National Unemployed Workers Movement and this took him into the Independent Labour Party
which had seceded from the Labour Party to pursue a more radical strategy.
James Keir Hardie established the Independent Labour Party
, the forerunner of the Labour Party, in 1893.
When conscription was introduced during the war, strong local branches of organisations like the Independent Labour Party
(ILP) and the No Conscription Fellowship (NCF) organised resistance to the predominantly pro-war mood of the time, where men of military age were often handed white feathers by young women as a symbol of their supposed cowardice.
It was this historic decision which led to the formation of the Scottish Labour Party, the Independent Labour Party
and the Labour Representation Committee across Britain.
But just as quickly they became exhausted, fell prey to factionalism before a group - led by Maxton - walked into the wilderness in the 1930s, to launch the Independent Labour Party
as a separate but impotent force.
Thus during the war many young, often middle-class women, switched their energies to the Independent Labour Party
, with its anti-war leadership.
The fracturing of the left along ethnic lines often resulted in electoral defeat for socialist and Independent Labour Party
candidates at the hands of the traditional parties.
Tom Mann, a founder of the Independent Labour Party
in the UK, came to Australia and New Zealand at the turn of the 20th century to examine the 'new province of law and order'.
Blatchford - who had helped to found the Independent Labour Party
- also poured scorn on fellow socialists who believed they could cool war fever by fraternising with their German counterparts.
He actively campaigned against conscription and in support of conscientious objectors in his role as Chair of the Birmingham branch of the Independent Labour Party
Cycling also had links with socialism - my grandparents were keen cyclists in Edwardian times, going on outings organised by the Independent Labour Party
THE INDEPENDENT LABOUR PARTY
All new political parties dream of having the impact that the party of Merthyr MP Keir Hardie and Ramsay MacDonald had after it was founded in 1893.