Domestic Policies

  • John Shepherd
  • Keith Laybourn


On 12 December 1923, on the eve of the National Executive Committee meeting, Ramsay MacDonald dined at Sidney and Beatrice Webb’s London home with Philip Snowden, J. H. Thomas, Arthur Henderson and J. R. Clynes. The Labour leader put before his future Cabinet colleagues his memorandum covering what they might achieve in government. As we have seen, even before taking office, MacDonald committed his future administration to a modest domestic programme of tackling unemployment, improving the housing stock, and widening educational opportunities in Britain. The minority 1924 government pursued limited social reform, rather than a socialist reconstruction of society. Despite some notable advances on different fronts, overall its performance disappointed many in women’s groups and in the labour movement who had high hopes of the 1924 administration.


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