• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How important was the contribution made by the socialist societies to the formation and the development of the labour party up

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Kirsty Knibb How important was the contribution made by the socialist societies to the formation and the development of the labour party up to 1914? There are many factors that have contributed to the formation and development of the labour party. Firstly Britain was in a state of great depression, a mass 30% of people lived in extreme poverty. The two main parties at the time were Liberals and conservatives. There was a popular feeling amongst the poor that neither of the two main political parties were not doing anything at the time to eradicate the problem. Wages were also decreasing at the time, which help to lead to greater awareness of poverty and a need for a political party to represent the poor. Awareness was also increased when a book was published by Henry George called 'Poverty and Progress' which highlighted the greed of landowners and blamed them for the current state of poverty and depression that factory workers were faced with. Newspapers also began to aim at the working class and socialists groups began too emerge. From this awareness three main socialist societies were formed in 1884. ...read more.

Middle

This meant more working class had the vote and therefore There was a need for a political party to give them what they wanted. At present they were voting Liberal as no one else could give them what they wanted. However there are other factors to consider that helped contribute to the development of the Labour party. Many 'Labour clubs' were set up in Yorkshire. They consisted of members who were proud of their working class traditions. In the early 1880's there had been an increase in strikes, which unfortunately had been lost. However this did not discourage them it simply motivated them to call a conference in Bradford, were both workers and Trade unionists met with Kier Hardie. He was the main speaker at the conference, and it was at the conference where it was decided to start an Independent Labour Party. The group consisted of many non- conformists such as Phillip Snowden. Despite being promising the ILP had its limitations it wasn't a national organisation and was merely confined to Yorkshire. The ILP also faced opposition from model unions who claimed it was too socialist and when the ILP did not support the Boer War in 1899 they were tagged as an unpatriotic party making them more unpopular. ...read more.

Conclusion

small part in perhaps the formation of the Labour party but did not have any significant role in the development of the Labour party. The main problems were that many of the socialist societies were too radical and unrealistic with their ideologies for example the SDF. Other socialist society groups such as the Fabian society had limited success in setting up some reforms but had no success in the development of the party. In my opinion it was the trade unions and the ILP who mainly contributed to the formation and the development of the the Labour party. Trade unions helped to finance the movement and help set up organisations such as the ILP and the LRC. They both made considerable contributions to the Labour Party. Far more significant than the socialist societies and therefore it is fair to say that socialist societies role had little importance in the formation and development of the Labour party. The LRC also made an important contribution by getting Labour MP's into parliament. Overall social societies played no real active role in the formation or development of the Labour party and it was other contributing factors that were the real driving force behind the emergence of the Labour party and its success. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Politics essays

  1. Explain the Formation of the Liberal Party

    And in many aspects this was the case: the Whigs supported reform in the constitution, the Tories were set firmly against it, whilst the Whigs favoured freedom for Ireland, the Tories were, again, set firmly against it; they were simply backing the wrong policies for a time of change and forward thinking.

  2. Select And Explain The Most Important Turning Points In Nelson Mandela's Life

    he was the one whom, had the finally say on the actually end of apartheid, although unlike Mandela, his incentive was initially political and secondarily ethical. For example, taking into account that Mandela fight against the Apartheid was becoming increasingly publicised, due to the ANC's persistent outbreaks and protests against the Government.

  1. How far do you agree that it was Cavour's diplomacy rather that Garibaldi's ideas ...

    This shows that he had learnt a good deal between 1848 and 1859.8 Tivaroni was a distinguished historian who fought alongside Garibaldi in 18669. The fact that Tivaroni worked so closely with Garibaldi is likely to have given him an insight into the figures personality and the source can be

  2. "The Rise of the Labour Party between 1893-1914 was due more to the growth ...

    in 1893 at a conference, which was attended by different socialist groups, such as the Fabians and the Social Democratic Federation. The support for the party came essentially from groups who were discontent with the representation they were (or weren't)

  1. Why the Labour Party overtook the Liberal Party

    Labour's successes, and is seen by some historians as one of the most important concerning the first developments of the Labour Party. The political strategy that underlay Macdonald's thinking was centred on the point that Labour could actually govern, contrary to the other parties' opinions.

  2. To what extent do the Conservatives and Labour parties represent distinct ideologies?

    Although the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher won three general elections in a row, they never gained more than the 43.9% of the vote. This shows that there were more opponents of Thatcher and her policies than there were supporters. Opponents were come from different parts of the society.

  1. How far do you agree that the role of the Trade Unions was the ...

    the Beveridge report proposals, which in effect turned Britain into a welfare state. By implementing the National Insurance Act The Industrial Injuries Act The National Assistance act and the NHS the Labour government were finally seen to be getting across major reform, which had been the Parties aim since its original formation 40 years previously.

  2. Is New Labour a Conservative Party?

    over spending to restore confidence in the middle-class voters New Labour had changed from the unchanged tax and spend old Labour. However, there were question marks on some of New Labour's policies as the public were unconvinced with health, education and transport and felt let down that the incoming government had not made any real improvements.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work