Working hard for you
Labour has only been in government for four short periods of the 20th century. However its achievements have revolutionised the lives of the British people. The values Labour stands for today are those which have guided it throughout its existence.
• social justice
• strong community and strong values
• reward for hard work
• rights matched by responsibilities
The East of England Labour Party campaigns across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk to secure the election of Labour Councillors, Members of Parliament and Members of the European Parliament.
The East of England Trade Union Liaison Organisation helps co-ordinate the efforts of our affiliated trade unions in securing the election of Labour candidates.
Click below to find out about the work of the trade unions in our area:
or click here to visit the website of Unions Together in the East of England.
This history of the Labour Party celebrates our achievements from its emergence in 1900 as a parliamentary pressure group. We are right to regard as historic the establishment of the National Health Service, the enshrining in law of equality of opportunity for all and the creation and maintenance of an empowering welfare state - all Labour achievements.
Equally important has been the development of Labour as a mass membership party in the 1920s and 1930s, the modernisation of our campaigning techniques in the 1980s and the election of 101 Labour women MPs in 1997.
However, the lessons we should draw from our history are not all positive. Labour was in government for just 23 of its first 100 years. On occasions we have also been the victim of division and disunity which, as we all know, has cost us dear in electoral terms. It has allowed the Tories to win and undermine our achievements.
Our history is one to be proud of. Since our formation, Labour has grown from nothing into a formidable political organisation and one which has achieved major social and political reforms during the 20th century. The agenda for the future is to ensure that our values become rooted in British culture so that we can achieve lasting social, economic and political change in Britain.