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P. see C. Tsuzuki, H. M. Hyndman and British Socialism (1961); for Fabianism, see A. M. MacBriar, Fabian Socialism and English Politics, 1884-1918 (Cambridge, 1962 ). 34 CHAPTER III Henderson) s Party: War and Reconstruction (19 1 4- 22) ALTHOUGH the Labour Party had by no means ignored questions offoreign policy before July 1914, it was only with the outbreak of war that they became of paramount importance. From then onwards until 1918 and indeed in the early post-war years, up to 1922, issues of war and diplomacy were dominant in the party's councils.

In 1920 to secure a termination of British intervention against the Bolsheviks. A Council of Action was set up after the London Dockers, encouraged by their leader Ernest Bevin, had taken the initiative in refusing to load a ship called the Jolly George until munitions on board, which were destined for Poland, had been removed. There is more than a 47 A Short History of the Labour Party possibility that this boycott and the threat of further action played a major part in altering Lloyd George's policy and so preventing further British intervention.

S in 1909 only increased the tendency, for the miners' leaders of this period were much less militant than the leaders of other unions. The necessity of supporting the Liberal Government during the difficult years when the Osborne Judgment was in operation completed the subordination of the Parliamentary Labour Party to the position of' handmaiden of Liberalism'. Yet the parliamentary party was only part of a larger whole - the labour movement. s or Labour Parties that began to grow up in the constituencies.

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