Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932


Constitutional Politics

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The 'khaki' general election of 1918, the first parliamentary election using the expanded electoral base, proved a bitter disappointment for the Independent Labour Party (ILP) and the Labour Party on Clydeside. They contested 10 Glasgow seats and won only one, Neil Maclean winning the shipyard constituency of Govan for the ILP.

In 1918 the Labour Party adopted a new constitution which affirmed the socialist goals of the party and created a new grassroots structure for the party based on autonomous constituency party organisations.

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