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Were working‐class MPs who, whilst prepared to speak out on ‘labour’ issues, accepted the Liberal whip. In 1874, Thomas Burt (Morpeth) and Alexander Macdonald (Stafford) became the first two such MPs. The decision of the miners to join the Labour Party in 1908 dealt a fatal blow to the Lib‐Lab creed, notwithstanding the handful of Liberal working‐class MPs who persisted until 1918.

Subjects: British History.

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