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STRENGTH OF THE PARTY.

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STRENGTH OF THE PARTY. In the annual report presented at the New- port Conference of the Labour Party consider- able space is devoted to the Parliamentary elec- tions. The result, it is stated, has been highly satisfactory. It has been the experience of Labour Parties all over the world that they suffer reverses at their second elections, and con- sidering the unusually favourable circumstances which attended the movement in 1906 and the special conditions under which this election was fought, the small number of seats lost indi- cates that the party has a woiidei-fully strong grip upon the country. The report adds that the Parliament which has just been elected is not likely to have a long lease of life, and pre- i paratioiis must 1)43 made for another contest toon. One of the plainest lessons of the elec- tion is that constituencies have no right to ask candidates to come forward without, in the first place, showing that they have built up an organisation which will make a contest valuable to the movement. The membership of the party, which at the be- ginning of 1909 was 1,152,786, has now in- creased to 1,481,368. Last year, the total num- ber of Trade Unions affiliated was 172, this year it is 162, 23 Unions having lapsed, chiefly as a result of the decision in the case of Osborne v. the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, whilst 13 Unions took up affiliation. The chief accession of strength to the party during the past twelve months has been due to the affilia- tion of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, with a membership of 550,000. Commenting on the Osborne case, the report states: "If the decision of the Lords is to re- main, Trade Unionism will suffer greater im- pediments in its activities than even the Taff Yale judgment imposed upon it, for, so far as we can see, the effect of it is to define a Trade Union to be a combination of men who are not legally entitled to take any action in their common defence, except industrial action, that is, carrying on negotiations with employers, en- gaging in strikes and lock-outs, and similar things. We do not believe that Parliament will allow this injustice to remain."

. SIDESMAN BOOKMAKER.

. BARONET IN DIVORCE SUIT.

. ENGLISHWOMEN FIRST.

\ YARMOUTH SEA MYSTERY.

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