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Morel, Charles Trevelyan, and Arthur Ponsonby, to form in September 1914 a body called the Union of Democratic Control. C. demanded democratic control of foreign policy, no annexations, an international organisation to maintain peace, and disarmament. New alignments thus cut across the ranks of the Labour Party, and threatened its continued existence as a political force. Yet at the time, there were few who thought that the war would last as long as a year. Although Henderson had disagreed with MacDonald and had taken his place as party chairman, he did not want to expel the anti-war minority from membership of the party, for he expected an early return to the peace-time condition of politics.
From that time onwards, Henderson, who was still secretary of 41 A Short History of the Labour Party the party, began to devote himself largely to its affaIrS, not only shaping a major reorganisation of its structure, but also devising an alternative foreign policy to that of the government. Henderson's work thus prepared the party to undertake the responsibilities of leading the opposition in the event of a general election. The opportunity was obvious, owing to the completely divided state of the Liberal Party.
The biographiesKeir Hardie by Morgan and Ramsay MacDonald by Marquand (see p. 16) are again of value. For the impact of the law see Henry Pelling, 'The Politics of the Osborne Judgrnent', HistoricalJournal, 25 (1g82). F. P. see C. Tsuzuki, H. M. Hyndman and British Socialism (I g6 I); for Fabianism, see A. M. MacBriar, Fabian Socialism and English Politics, 1884-1918 (Cambridge, 1962). K. D. Brown, The First Labour Party, ly06-1914 (1g85) contains interesting essays on aspects of party development in the period.
A Short History of the Labour Party by Henry Pelling (auth.)