Editors. "Labour Party". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 February 2004
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[Preliminary entry]. The Labour Party was formed on 27th February 1900 by representatives of the major British socialist groups in Britain (the Independent Labour Party, the Social Democratic Federation and the Fabian Society) and trade union leaders who agreed to form a “Labour Representation Committee” which would engage “in promoting legislation in the direct interests of labour.” The party sought to foster alliances between the working class and progressive elements of the middle class. Ramsay MacDonald, a leading figure of the Independent Labour Party, was chosen as the secretary of the LRC which put up fifteen candidates in the 1900 General Election, two of whom, Keir Hardie and Richard Bell won seats in the House of Commons.…
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