January 13th-14th marks the 119th Anniversary of the founding of the Independent Labour Party (ILP) at a conference held n Bradford in 1893.
Over one hundred delegates were present including
Ben Tillett, F.W. Jowett (Bradford), Robert Blatchford (Manchester) , Tom Maguire (Leeds), Allen Gee (Huddersfield), Pete Curran (London), Katherine St John Conway (London), and George Bernard Shaw, Kier Hardie (Scotland) Robert Smillie (Scotland), James Sexton, Ben Turner.
Delegates were overwhelmingly from the North Yorkshire and Lancashire
91 delegates represented provincial ILP branches formed in the anticipation of the national party
48 delegates from Yorkshire
32 delegates from Lancashire & Cheshire
11 from Scotland, mostly from the Scottish Labour Party
6 from the Midlands
Plymouth, Chatham, Medway Trades Council
No delegates from Wales
Kier Hardie elected Chairman