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Tony Benn: Arguments for Socialism (1979)

Tony Benn, previously known as Anthony Wedgwood Benn, was a Minister in Wilson’s 1964-70 and 1974-7 governments and Callaghan’s 1977-9 government.  He was at...

Stuart Holland: The Socialist Challenge (1975)

Stuart Holland was an Oxford-educated economist, with degrees in history and economics, who on graduating worked with the economist Thomas Balogh and then in...

May Day Manifesto (1968)

The original draft of the manifesto was published in 1967, being revised for publication as a book by Penguin the following year. The original...

Perry Anderson: Problems of Socialist Strategy (1965)

This essay was published in Towards Socialism by New Left Review. Other contributors were Thomas Balogh, Robin Blackburn, Ken Coates, Richard Crossman, Andre Gorz,...

April Carter: Direct Action (1961)

April Carter was secretary of the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War from 1958 to 1961, having previously studied politics at LSE and worked...

Ralph Miliband: Parliamentary Socialism (1961)

Miliband was a Marxist sociologist and political scientist who contributed to the development of socialist theory within the ‘new left’ in the 1960’s. A...

Anthony Crosland: The Future of Socialism (1956)

Crosland was one of a group of Oxford educated intellectuals, sponsored by Hugh Dalton, which included Roy Jenkins and Denis Healey, who sought to...

Socialist Union: Socialism: a New Statement of Principles (1952)

Socialist Union was established in 1951 by contributors to the Socialist Commentary journal, which had been edited by Rita Hinden and other ‘reformist’ Labour...

Aims and Tasks of Democratic Socialism (1951)

This is the founding document of the reconstituted Socialist International. The document was adopted by the first post-war congress held in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, between...

Keeping Left (1950)

The Keep Left group was formed in January 1947 by left-wing backbench Labour MPs grouped around the New Statesman journal. Their first pamphlet, Keep...

Let Us Face the Future (1945)

This document is the Labour Party’s manifesto for the 1945 General Election. It was the product of extensive discussions within the party and beyond...