Colne Valley Labour League minute book CVL/GV/1/1/1900
Extent: 1 volume
The minutes record the first General Council Meeting of the Colne Valley Labour League at Slaithwaite on 23 June 1900 through to a Committee meeting on 12 March 1910. The minutes also record: the decisions to invite notable speakers to visit the Colne Valley including, Robert Blatchford, Bruce Glasier, Victor Grayson, Keir Hardie, Ramsay McDonald, Miss C[hristabel?] Pankhurst, and Philip Snowden; the 1904 County Council Election result in which the Labour candidate George Gaiside won; the 1907 County Council Election result in which the Liberal candidate Mr Goodall beat the Labour candidate Mr Farrington; the League's endorsement of candidates for and interaction with the Independent Labour Party's National Administrative Council (NAC); the adoption of Victor Grayson as Parliamentary candidate for the Colne Valley on 19 Jan 1907, his victory in the 1907 by-election (brought about by the sitting Liberal MP, Sir James Kitson, being elevated to the peerage), the criticism he received from the NAC regarding his poor attendance record in the House of Commons, and his indecision regarding standing for re-election in the 1910 and his subsequent defeat in the 1910 general election. The minutes also record the change in name of the party to the Colne Valley Socialist League.
Minutes and committee papers
Original available for consultation by appointment