J.H. Whitley and Halifax Politics between 1890 and 1906: the Politics of Social Reform

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John Henry Whitley, famously a Speaker of the House of Commons in the 1920s, was a politician deeply influenced by his Halifax roots. With strong Halifax credentials Whitley built himself a reputation for social, educational, charitable and municipal work in Halifax. Indeed, in 1900 Whitley was a reluctant and late convert to parliamentary politics and even then much preferred to be involved in local charitable work and municipal politics. Whitley never managed to establish a truly close relationship with the Halifax Independent Labour Party (ILP) or Labour Party, except for a brief honeymoon period of the local political pact between 1903 and 1906. Whitley agreed with many of the progressive policies of New Liberalism and tried to apply their principles to the local community, fully aware of the national perspective New Liberalism entailed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiberal Reform and Industrial Relations
Subtitle of host publicationJ.H. Whitley (1866-1935), Halifax Radical and Speaker of the House of Commons
EditorsJohn A. Hargreaves, Keith Laybourn, Richard Toye
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315231792
ISBN (Print)9781138293984, 9780367348830
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Modern British History


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