James Parker

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University of Exeter

PhD History (AHRC funded).

Trade unions and the political culture of the British Labour party, 1931-1940.


University of York

MA Modern History (AHRC funded).

My dissertation, 'The British Labour party, trade unions and public ownership, c. 1955-1961', considered the development of Labour’s attitude to, and policy on, the much contested issue of public ownership in the crucial period 1955-1961 through an examination of the politics of the 'Big Six' trade unions. I argued that previous accounts have underrepresented and mischaracterised the crucial role of the trade unions in Labour politics, and suggested that the common view of a 'revisionist victory' in the party in this period requires considerable qualification in light of this.


University of Exeter

BA History and Politics, First Class.

My undergraduate dissertation considered the phenomenon of ‘Bevanism’ in the Labour party from 1951-1955, seeking to establish in detail its organisational and ideological dimensions, arguing that previous accounts have been guilty of divorcing Bevanism from its Labour context in order to present it as part of a ‘mythology’ of a broader British left.


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Socialist History Society


Society for the Study of Labour History


Llafur: The Welsh People's History Society