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In 1922 came a new general election and with it the reward for the skilful generalship of Henderson in the preceding eight years. The party increased the number of seats that it contested to 414, which was now over twothirds of the total. It won altogether 142 of them - almost double its strength at the dissolution, which had already been recruited by successes at by-elections. Although there was a clear Conservative majority in Parliament, in many ways the rise of the Labour Party to a total exceeding that of the broken segments of the Liberal Party was the most important single feature of the election.
W . S. Adams makes some interesting suggest ions in h is art icle ' Lloyd George and th e Labour Movement ' in Past and Present, 3 ( 1953), 55- 62. g. g, Philip Sn owden, Aut obiography, i ( 1934) - are useful. For the' labour unrest', see G . D. H . Cole , Short History of the British Working Class Mo vement (new ed. , 1948 ); for Syndicalism and Guild Socialism, see Alexander Gray, The Socialist Tradition ( 1946) , chs. F . P. see C . Tsuzuki, H . M . Hyndman and Br itish Socialism ( 196 1). 34 CHAPTER III H enderson's Party: War and Reconstruction ( 19 1 4- 2 2 ) ( I ) A L THO UGH th e Labour Pa rt y had by no means ignored questi on s of foreign policy befor e Jul y 1914, it wa s only with th e outbrea k of war th at they became of par amount importan ce.
But he had already become of more significance outside Parliament than in it, for he was running a vigorous campaign to free the Socialist movement of the encumbrance of the 'Labour alliance ', as he saw it. F. P. P. , all resigned from the Council of the organisation, although their policy was in the end endorsed. P. P. became more embittered, but the rebels failed to win control of the party, perhaps because Grayson was not a good leader - he had taken heavily to drink, and was very unreliable about attending meetings.
A Short History of the Labour Party by Henry Pelling (auth.)