The Labour Party

A Centenary History

  • Brian Brivati
  • Richard Heffernan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Labour’s First Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brian Brivati, Richard Heffernan
      Pages 1-7
    3. Kevin Jeffreys
      Pages 68-86
    4. Lewis Baston
      Pages 87-111
    5. Eric Shaw
      Pages 112-142
  3. Centenary Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Denis Healey
      Pages 163-165
    3. David Owen
      Pages 166-169
    4. Lord Biffen
      Pages 170-171
    5. Calum MP MacDonald
      Pages 172-175
    6. Clare MP Short
      Pages 176-177
    7. Austin Mitchell
      Pages 178-182
    8. Angel MP Eagle
      Pages 183-185
  4. Themes in Labour’s First Century

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 503-512

About this book


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. This book is a unique opportunity both to celebrate and assess critically the Labour Party's role in shaping events of the twentieth century. It brings together academics from a variety of disciplines to examine the history of the Party's development. Each chapter includes contributions in the form of commentary and analysis from former Labour leaders, cabinet ministers and backbench MPs. Contributors include: Michael Foot, Denis Healey, David Owen, Keith Laybourn, Robert Taylor, Steve Ludlam, Nick Ellison, Clare Short and Austin Mitchell, among others.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Brian Brivati
    • 1
  • Richard Heffernan
    • 2
  1. 1.Kingston UniversityUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Open UniversityUnited Kingdom

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