Colne Valley Divisional Labour Party minute book CVL/GV/1/1/1932

Dated 1932-1939

Extent: 1 volume

The volume includes minutes of the Party's Executive Committee Meetings, Annual General Meetings, Election Committee Meetings, Rally Arrangement Committee Meetings and Meetings of the Prize Draw Sub-Committee. The minutes record: the Party's adoption of the Victory for Socialism Scheme; the Party's adoption of the policy to raise the age of compulsory education up to 15; the emergence of an Anti-War policy in the constituency; the Party facing financial difficulties in 1935; and the election of Ernest Marklew as Labour MP for the Colne Valley on 14 Nov 1935 (defeating the sitting Liberal Party MP, Lance Mallalieu).

The minutes also record the Executive Committee's attitudes and opinions towards international issues and events: on 24 Feb 1934 the minutes record the Committee's reaction to the events of The Austrian Civil War in Feb 1934, 'this meeting extends to our Austrian comrades our deep sympathy in the distress and loss of life caused by the brutal (Engelbert) Dollfuss and his followers. At the same time we congratulate our comrades on the gallant, but unsuccessful, defense of their freedom and liberty'; on 8 Jul 1934 the minutes record the Party's reaction to the arrest of political prisoners in Nazi Germany, as it was agreed that 'letters be sent to the "Reichschancellor, Berlin" and to the German Ambassador urging that (Ernst) Thälmann (leader of the Communist Party of Germany, KPD) and all other political prisoners should be released or promptly brought to public trial before a proper legal tribunal'; regarding the Spanish Civil War, on 2 Aug 1936 the Executive Committee agreed to send a circular 'to affiliated societies etc. appealing for help for the Spanish Workers, who are suffering hunger and poverty, through the war caused by the capitalist classes in their efforts to upset the present government of Spain; on 13 Mar 1938 the Executive Committee thoroughly condemns the actions of the current government over its handling of 'foreign affairs and calls for all democratic powers to restrain the fascist powers aggression in Spain and Austria';

Minutes and committee papers

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