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How significant was the trade union movement in the creation and development of the LRC by 1903?
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How significant was the trade union movement in the creation and development of the LRC
Over one hundred years ago, on 27th February 1900, a conference of trade unionists and
socialist organisations met to establish the Labour Representation Committee (LRC), the
forerunner of today's Labour Party. However in 1867, the trade union movement in Britain
was limited to a mere 5% of the working class. The unions, although initially uncoordinated
and unsupported by the law had, by 1903, acquired millions of members, legal protection
and political representation.
In order to understand the relationship between the trade union movement and the rise of the
LRC it is necessary to look at the development of the unions in the context of the social,
economic and political conditions in the late nineteenth century.
Life at this time was pretty grim for the working class. Research by Booth and Rowntree
estimated that a family of five needed a minimum of £1 a week to survive in reasonable
health. He also found that 1/3 of families had less than
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