Chapter 12 – Solomon Lever finds his home in the Labour Party

by Jason Lever

Posted on Sun, 01 Dec 2013 17:20:25 GMT

The cause of municipal socialism

While many Jewish East End socialists became Communists in the 1920s and 1930s, many also found their way into the Labour party and to the cause of municipal socialism.

One was Solomon Lever, staunch in his Labour party allegiance as a union leader from the late 1920s and Hackney councillor from 1945, a period when Labour was struggling to establish a firm East End support base in areas with significant Jewish populations.

Labour’s difficulty in attracting Jewish East-Enders has been attributed to the persistence of casual labour and workshop production, which meant the “factory effect” that propelled people toward voting Labour was missing. This was also a time when ‘many socialists flirted with, or joined, the Communist Party of Great Britain’ in the 1920s and 1930s (Beech & Hickson).

A convincing case is also made, notably by Marc Brodie in ‘The Politics of the Poor: The East End of London 1885-1914’, that the ‘“personal” element…[was the] major overriding influence on the politics of the working class in the East End’, including on Jewish political allegiances (Brodie).

This “personal” element can be demonstrated by looking at Jewish voting patterns in East End constituencies from the mid-19th century.

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Chapter 1 - Introducing Solomon Lever and his l...Chapter 2 - The Jewish East EndChapter 3 - A family history of Solomon LeverChapter 4 - A Jewish East End education for Sol...Chapter 5 - Joining East End cultural and commu...Chapter 6 - Solomon as a cabinet makerChapter 7 – From cabinet maker to trade union g...Chapter 8 – Rise of the London Jewish Bakers UnionChapter 9 – Dealing with the challenges of a de...Chapter 10 – Solomon’s journey to Jewish trade ...Chapter 11 – Interlude of anarchism’s appeal to...Chapter 12 – Solomon Lever finds his home in th...Chapter 13 – The Liberal and Conservative partiesChapter 14 – The Labour Party consolidates its ...Chapter 15 – The appeal of East End councils’ s...Chapter 16 – The rise and fall of communist sup...Chapter 17 – Surging Labourism after the warChapter 18 – The Labour Party’s support for Zio...Chapter 19 – Short-lived Labour-Zionist honeymoonChapter 20 – Solomon Lever’s 1947 broadcast spe...Chapter 21 – Solomon Lever’s 1948 speech from t...Chapter 22 – Solomon Lever’s 1954 speech from t...Chapter 23 – Solomon Lever’s final TUC speech i...Chapter 24 – His Worshipful The Mayor and Mayor...Chapter 25 – Family connections in the Mayor’s ...Chapter 26 – Important social issues raised wit...Chapter 27 – The adbuction of Solomon LeverChapter 28 – Discovery of Solomon’s bodyChapter 29 – InquestChapter 30 – The death of Solomon LeverChapter 31 – Solomon’s funeral and obituaryChapter 32 – The death knell of the London Jewi...Chapter 33 – An appraisalChapter 34 – Bibliography