Sons and Daughters of Labour - A History and Recollection of the Labour Party within the Historic Boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire, edited by B Evans, K Laybourn, J Lancaster and B Haigh
Published by the University of Huddersfield in 2007, 278 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N5353)
Brand New Book
People from the West Riding of Yorkshire, and events in its history, have made such major contributions to the development of the Labour Party, that the chapters in this volume are of more than local interest. The reflections of activists and leading Party figures help to illuminate the character of the Party over the past century, adding a very personal dimension to the story and helping to make it more 'alive'. This strengthens the academic contributions which provide a chronological analysis of the history of the Labour Party in the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1906 together with a· series of case studies which explore themes as diverse as the role of the Labour League of Youth; the interaction between the mineworkers and the Labour Party; and the history of the Colne Valley constituency.
Whilst Sons and Daughters of Labour marks the centenary of the Parliamentary Party and recognises its contribution, and that of its individual members, to local and national life, it is not uncritical. The idealism which carried the newly elected twentynine Labour MPs into the Commons in 1906, has been replaced a century on, by deep cynicism and a mistrust of politicians and the political process. And, this is the challenge which faces all political parties and the Labour Party at the beginning of its second century.
There are chapters on Labour in West Yorkshire 1906-1918, The Textile District of the West Riding between 1918 and 1939, The Mineworkers and Labour, The Labour League of Youth, The Labour Party in Colne Valley, The Labour Party and Ethnicity in West Yorkshire, Labour and Local Government, Huddersfield Labour Politics between 1906 and 2006, The Political Economy of Labour Leeds, Reflections of a Labour Activist, and What Made Me a Socialist.