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Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Bulletin Photographs

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James Maxton

Photograph from Glasgow City Council's newspaper The Bulletin, June 1981, showing 80-year old Ada Maxton and Neil Carmichael MP in conversation in front of a portrait of Ada's famous brother James Maxton MP in the People's Palace.

James Maxton was Britain's most charismatic socialist politician of the inter-war period. As the Independent Labour Party's MP for Bridgeton from 1922 till his death in 1946, he was intimately involved in the struggles of Red Clydeside. His career covered two world wars, the General Strike and Great Depression, the Means Test and Hunger Marches and the rise of the Labour Party. Always controversial, Maxton was suspended from the House of Commons in 1923 for referring to a Conservative MP as a "murderer" during a debate on child health. In 1932 the ILP, under Maxton’s leadership, disaffiliated itself from the Labour Party.

Neil Carmichael was Labour MP for Woodside, 1962-1974, and for Kelvingrove, 1974-83, after which he was made a life peer.

Reference: Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Bulletin Photographs

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

economic recession, General Strike, Great Depression, hunger marches, ILP, Independent Labour Party, Labour Party, means test, Members of Parliament, MPs, People's Palace, politicians, portraits, Red Clydeside, socialists

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