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Merthyr Independent Labour Party Banner

Photo credit: People's History Museum

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The Independent Labour Party (ILP) was founded in 1893 in Bradford. It aimed to represent the working class in the House of Commons. In 1900 the ILP, together with a number of trade union organisations and socialist groups, formed the Labour Representation Committee, which went on to become the Labour Party in 1906. This banner was made by R. C. Wallhead, a self-taught artist and decorator who was MP for Merthyr from 1900–1915 and the first ILP member to gain a place in the House of Commons.

People's History Museum





oil on cotton, velvet & silk


H 185 x W 143 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from ILP Publications, 1991

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People's History Museum

Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 3ER England

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