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Item of the Month – September 2016

Front cover of the Labour Representation Conference programme, 27 February 1900

Front cover of the Labour Representation Conference programme, 27 February 1900To coincide with the annual Labour Party Conference this month, the Archive Item of the Month for September has been chosen to be the front cover of the programme for the first conference for the Labour Party, then known as the Labour Representation Committee (LRC).

The conference was held on 27 February 1900 in the Memorial Hall on Farringdon Street, London.  It held only 129 delegates, and the socialist newspaper, The Clarion, described the LRC at this time as ‘no bigger than a man’s hand’.  At the conference all 129 delegates of the LRC passed the motion to establish a distinct Labour group in parliament who must be involved in promoting the direct interests of labour.