By Henry Pelling (auth.)

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C. determined to secure legislation to reverse the decision. In the meantime, it had to fight the two general elections of I g I o, and in both its dependence upon the Liberals was very obvious. In the January election, not a single member was returned against official Liberal opposition ; the same was true of the December election except for two mining seats. In the earlier of these general elections Grayson was defeated. But he had already become of more significance outside Parliament than in it, for he was running a vigorous campaign to free the Socialist movement of the encumbrance of the 'Labour alliance', as he saw it.

3· 2. Hardie to Glasier, 27 Dec. I9o8, Glasier Papers. 3· W. J. Braithwaite, diary 28 July, I9I I, quoted in his Lloyd George's Ambulance Wagon (I957), p. I96. P. Annual Report (I9IO), p. 58. , Let Us &form the Labour Party (I910), p. 3· 6. MacDonald to Master of Elibank, 4 Oct. I9I I, quoted Frank Owen, Tempestuous Journey ( I954), pp. 207 f. 7· Hansard, Parliamentary Debates, ser. 5, xxvi, 725. 8. Quoted W. P. , I934), p. 209. 9· MacDonald to Hardie, I Feb. I910, Hardie Papers. FURTHER READING Documented narratives of Labour Party history covering this and later periods are to be found in Carl F.

P. P. was applying to rejoin. Even more striking, however, was the growth of the party's local organisations. By 1915, no less than eighty-five trades councils were affiliated, and there were also some seventy-three local Labour Parties. There was some overlapping of political function between local Labour Parties and trades councils, and in a few towns 30 A Pressure-group under Pressure (I906- I 4) both were recorded as being affiliated to the national Labour Party. But in Igo6 there had been only eightythree of both types of organisation put together.

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