This day marks the birth of the new political party, the Labour Representation Committee, run by James Keir Hardie.
At just the age of seven Hardie started working. He was incredibly well educated having been home schooled by his parents. Later on in his life he began working in the mines, where he soon became a full-time trade union organiser. This then lead to his leadership of the failed strike of the Ayrshire miners’, 1881.
Having won the parliamentary seat of West Ham South by 1892, Hardie helped to form the Independent Labour Party come 1893. By 1900 Hardie had helped form the union-based Labour Representation Committee which he soon renamed the Labour Party. At the outbreak of WW1 he tried to organise a pacifist general strike, but died not long afterwards.
With love, Charlotte x