This article presents a brief history of the Labour Party from the late 19th to the early 21st century. It lists some of the ground-breaking changes which successive Labour governments have made such as the introduction of the “welfare state” and establishment of the NHS.
The Labour Party has been in power for only about 34 years since it was formed in 1900. But the changes made by Labour have had a deep and lasting impact on society. They have brought massive improvements in living standards for ordinary working people.
Late 19th century
The trade unions and a few small groups started a political movement. Other groups involved at the time include:
- The Independent Labour Party.
- The Fabian Society.
- The Social Democratic Convention.
- The Scottish Labour Party.