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28 February 2000

Labour Party Centenary Quiz

100 years of Labour - How good is your knowledge of Labour Party history? Send your answers

By Robert Taylor

1 Which branch of which trade union was responsible for the motion at the 1899 Trades Union Congress which led to the inaugural meeting of the Labour Representation Committee?

2 One organisation walked out of the LRC within a year. Why, and what was it called?

3 Where were the first offices of the LRC and who ran them?

4 Who became secretary of the Labour Party in 1912 and what union did he belong to?

5 Who drafted the 1918 party constitution?

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6 Who was foreign secretary in the first Labour government?

7 Who was the first woman to become a cabinet minister in a Labour government? What department did she run?

8 Who resigned from the second Labour government in protest over its failure to reduce unemployment and what was the name of the party he went on to found?

9 Who did Clement Attlee defeat in the second ballot of Labour MPs to become party leader in 1935?

10 Who told who to speak up for England, when and why?

11 What was Labour’s 1945 general election manifesto called?

12 Who lost their seats in the constituency section of the National Executive in 1952 and who replaced them?

13 Who beat Nye Bevan to become the party’s deputy leader in 1955?

14 How old was party leader Hugh Gaitskell when he died?

15 Who was the minister responsible for the creation of the Open University?

16 Who was elected Labour’s deputy leader after the party’s 1970 defeat?

17 Who did Jack Jones prevent becoming employment secretary in March 1974, and who did he help to get the job instead?

18 Who was the head of the No 10 Policy Unit under Jim Callaghan?

19 Who defeated Tony Benn to become chairman of the party’s crucial Home Policy Committee and when?

20 Who stood against Roy Hattersley in the election for deputy leader in 1983 and where is he now?

21 Who was appointed general secretary of the party in 1983, who did he replace and where is he now?

22 Who ran against John Smith for the leadership in 1992 and where is he now?

23 Which Labour leaders were educated at which fee-paying public schools?

24 Gordon Brown has written a biography. Who was it of?

25 Which leading cabinet minister voted for Tony Benn as deputy leader in 1981?


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