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MacDonald's PartyLabour Identities and Crisis 1922-1931$
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David Howell

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203049

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203049.001.0001

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Bevin’s Union: Loyalism and Iconoclasm

Bevin’s Union: Loyalism and Iconoclasm

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(p.171) CHAPTER ELEVEN Bevin’s Union: Loyalism and Iconoclasm
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MacDonald's Party
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203049.003.0012

As the Labour Party's political and industrial leaderships moved rapidly to define and to consolidate their position after the August 1931 collapse of the Labour Government led by Ramsay MacDonald, achievement of these objectives was hindered by accumulating tensions between Labour politicians and trade union leaders. Walter Citrine, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) General Secretary, had been central to the bargaining over delicate issues between the Labour Government and the TUC. Increasingly, he had become dismayed about what he saw as Government insensitivity towards legitimate concerns of trade unions. Trade union priorities were central to the post-MacDonald Labour Party and they were expressed most forcibly by Ernest Bevin, the General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union. This chapter looks at Bevin's approach to politics, loyalism, and iconoclasm as a union leader towards the Labour Party.

Keywords:   Labour Party, loyalism, iconoclasm, politics, Transport and General Workers' Union, trade unions, Ramsay MacDonald, Trades Union Congress, Ernest Bevin

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