On 27 February 1900, the Labour Representation Committee was formed to campaign for the election of working class representatives to parliament.
One hundred years on Labour is in government with an overwhelming majority.
The Labour Party presents the latest thinking on the evolution of the Party during its first century. Trade unions, the parliamentary party and Labour's electoral strategy are considered alongside broader policy areas such as international relations and welfare. The process of modernization and change in the Labour Party under Neil Kinnock, John Smith and Tony Blair is discussed in many of the chapters, which combine work from contemporary historians, political scientists and sociologists.
This book is a unique opportunity both to celebrate and to assess critically the Labour Party's role in shaping the events of the twentieth century. It brings together academics from a variety of disciplines to examine the history of the Party's development and its impact on Britain in the 1900s. Contributions include commentaries and analyses from former Labour leaders, cabinet ministers and backbench MPs: