The Week’s War: 163

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“Exciting discovery that Swedish ambassador… has been acting as a German political agent… Sweden called upon to explain.”

Entry dated Saturday 8th September 1917, Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24].

This Week’s War: 152

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“Today we held N.A.C meeting. Chief Business apart from usual applies – our position towards Russia. McDonald & Jowett reported about their bring prevented going to Petrograd by German’s Executive.”

Entry dated Saturday 30th June 1917, Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24].

The Week’s War: 150

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“President Wilson wrote in reply to Russian provisional Govt, published today. Most disappointing. He adopts the jargon of the allies and has evidently forsworn his former vague ideas.”

Entry dated Friday 15th June 1917, Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24].

The General Election 2017

As the U.K. prepares itself to vote in the snap General Election, we thought it fitting to show some of the printed and archival material held here in Special Collections and Archives from the elections of the past.

Within our printed collection holdings, many pamphlets of the nineteenth century highlight the popular political topics of the day. Sydney Charles Buxton became an MP for the Liberal Party in the late nineteenth century, shortly after his publication of Electoral Purity and Economy (London: The London and Counties Liberal Union, 1882). The paper is written to suggest reforms in the electoral process to counteract bribery and expenses, which the reader is encouraged to undertake and promote themselves. The below referenced “crushed” Corrupt Practices Act finally came into fruition in 1883, formally known as the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act. This was the first act which required the expenses of candidates to be publicly published.

SPEC Y84.3.269 (9)

SPEC Y84.3.269 (9)

We also hold archival material relating to individuals who held both local and national political positions. Eleanor Rathbone sat as an Independent MP for the Combined English Universities, and as a local councilor for the Granby Ward from 1909 -1935. Eleanor was instrumental in the passing of a number of bills, including those with a focus upon benefiting the socio-economic position of women and children.

RP XIV.3.3

RP XIV.3.3

The Glasier papers provide us with an insight to the political movements of the Independent Labour Party (ILP) through politician John Bruce Glasier and his wife, Katharine Glasier. In 1900 John Bruce Glasier became the chair of the ILP, which he held for three years. In the campaign pamphlet shown below, Glasier was standing in Bordesley, Birmingham – a campaign which was unsuccessful.

GP/5/2/2 (6)

GP/5/2/2 (6)

Lastly, the David Owen Archive is abundant with material relating to his time as a member of both the Labour party and the Social Democrats. Below is campaign material from the 1974 parliamentary election, when Owen was successfully elected as MP for Plymouth Devonport, holding the seat for the Labour Party.

D709 2/2/4/3

D709 2/2/4/3

D709 2/2/4/3

D709 2/2/4/3

All of the items included within this post are available to view in our reading room. Please see our website for more information on booking an appointment.

You can read the Manuscripts and More post for the General Election in 2015 here.

This Week’s War: 148

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“This morning our boy returned…he went with a steamer carrying provisions to German Prisoners in the Isle of Man as Captain’s boy. He has signed on to go with the same steamer… to Cherbourg France…”

John Glasier discussing the plans of his son Malcolm, Thursday 31st May 1917. Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24].

This week’s war: 87

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Papers report (despite the Press Bureau warning given some time ago that news of industrial disputes in munition centres should not be published) big strikes in Glasgow and Liverpool. In […] the latter 10000 dockers are out in protest against the delay of the Gov[ernment] arbitrators re[garding] an advance of wages.

29th March 1916. Diary entry of John Bruce Glasier, socialist and pacifist [Glasier Papers GP2/1/23]. This week’s war: 87.

This week’s war: 35

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Liverpool Dockers enrolled as a battalion under the command of Lord Derby! This is the ingenious scheme which Lord Kitchener and James Sexton the dockers’ Secretary have hatched in order to bring the dockers under discipline. Well I fancy it will prove a warning signal to the Trades Unionists generally. [Glasier Papers GP/2/1/22]

1 April 1915. Diary entry by John Bruce Glasier (1859-1920), Socialist and pacifist. This week’s war: 35.

This week’s war: 34

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After 18 weeks siege by the Russians Przemysl has surrendered. The garrison was marched out. The capture of this stronghold is reckoned to be a great strategic gain for the Russians. [Glasier Papers GP/2/1/22].

 

23 March 1915. Diary entry by John Bruce Glasier (1859-1920), Socialist and pacifist. This week’s war: 34.

This week’s war: 33

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Todays papers report very bold protest in the Reichstag by Ledebour against the barbaric threats of German commanders to destroy three towns for every one destroyed by Russians. Mr Liebkneckt joins in the protest. The reactionaries furious. [Glasier Papers GP/2/1/22]

22 March 1915. Diary entry by John Bruce Glasier (1859-1920), Socialist and pacifist. This week’s war: 33.

This week’s war: 29

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Press full of bounce today – this being “Der Tag” on which the German blockade to British commerce [sic]. We were assured that there is no alarm in shipping circles, and that Germany cannot carry out the threat. [Glasier Papers GP/2/1/22]

18 February 1915. Diary entry by John Bruce Glasier (1859-1920), Socialist and pacifist. This week’s war: 29.