Chapter 17 – Surging Labourism after the war

by Jason Lever

Posted on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:00:38 GMT

Solomon’s election as a Hackney councillor

Meanwhile, within the Labour movement, Solomon Lever pursued a path between the centre ground of Herbert Morrison and Hugh Dalton (nationally) and radical innovation (locally).

At the time of taking up the reins as general secretary of the London Jewish Bakers Union, he would have seen four Jewish Labour MPs returned in the 1935 general election. In 1945, most of the 34 Jewish Labour candidates were elected, whereas all five Jewish Conservative and 16 Jewish Liberal candidates lost (ref: Alderman 1983).

East End constituencies with large Jewish populations, including Bethnal Green and Stepney, returned Labour MPs and in Hackney, Solomon Lever was elected a Labour councillor.

He served on a wide range of committees from 1945 to 1956. He was chairman of the Civil Defence committee and vice-chairman of Public Libraries, and was elected Mayor of Hackney by his peers in 1951/52.

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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