In 1871 the Trades Union Congress had established a parliamentary
committee to lobby for legislation - which eventually led to the
setting up of the Labour Representation Committee (forerunner of
the Labour Party) to sponsor trade union issues in parliament and
elect MPs who would represent working-class interests.
Reproduced here is the official programme of the 'Great Labour
Demonstration' staged by the LRC in Hyde Park on 9 July 1905 to
'demand the amendment and passing of the Unemployed Bill'. The chief
marshal at the demonstration was Ramsay Macdonald. Included in the
programme are the names of the various speakers, plus the wording
of the resolution that the meeting was being asked to endorse.
Catalogue reference: PRO 30/69/1357
Reproduction by kind permission of the Labour Party