'Labour at the gate', 1905

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



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