Labour Party [Britain]
Years Active:1900
Groups & Sections: InfoIndependent Labour Publications  (1975) … Sub-group/Section/Tendency
Labour Party in Northern Ireland  (2008) … Sub-group/Section/Tendency
  Documents in Archive:3
  International Affiliations:Labour and Socialist International (19231940)
Socialist International (19512013)
Socialist International (2013) … Observer
Progressive Alliance (2013)
  European Affiliations:Party of European Socialists (European Party) 
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (European Parliament Group) 
  Related Organisations: Campaign for Labour Representation, Federation of Labour Groups, Labour Party Young Socialists, Independent Labour Party
Related Collection:The British Left on Ireland
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The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom, and one of the two main British political parties along with the Conservative Party. It has been described as a broad church, containing a diversity of ideological trends from strongly socialist, to more moderately social democratic. Founded in 1900, the Labour Party overtook the Liberal Party in general elections during the early 1920s […] The Labour Party is a full member of the Party of European Socialists and Progressive Alliance, and continues to hold observer status in the Socialist International.


In Ireland

UK Labour has traditionally not organised or run candidates in Northern Ireland (NI). Indirectly, they had a presence in NI in the early part of the 20th Century, when the affiliated Independent Labour Party (ILP) had branches in Belfast, though this ended in 1932 when the ILP disaffiliated (leading further to the Belfast branches leaving the ILP and forming the Socialist Party of Northern Ireland).

There have been several campaigns calling for UK Labour to stand in NI over the decades, including the Campaign for Labour Representation, which was active from circa 1978, and the Federation of Labour Groups, active in the 1990s and early 2000s. The Social Democratic & Labour Party (SDLP) serves as a ‘sister party’ in Northern Ireland, and its MPs informally take the UK Labour whip in Westminster, and these ties were cited as reason for not organising in NI.

Following legal advice that the exclusion would not survive a potential legal challenge, the 2003 UK Labour conference voted to admit members in NI. The Labour Party in Northern Ireland is now a regional constituency party of UK Labour, but has yet to contest elections in the province. Party members continue to campaign for UK Labour to stand in NI elections, and have run under the separately registered party name, Northern Ireland Labour Representation Committee.

Other names, groups or sections

  • Independent Labour Publications

    Independent Labour Publications is a Left pressure group within the British Labour party (BLP), which arose from the merger of the then separate Independent Labour Party into the BLP in 1975.

  • Labour Party in Northern Ireland

    The Northern Ireland section of the British Labour Party was founded in 2008, following the lifting of that party’s ban on NI membership. The party continues to disallow candidates in Northern Ireland elections. Challenging that refusal, the NI membership registered the Northern Ireland Labour Representation Committee as a party, under which name they contested the NI Assembly elections in 2016.


Labour Party [Britain]

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