100 years ago, The Labour Organiser was founded as a journal for the promotion of knowledge sharing, best practice and innovation in matters of campaigning and organisation within the party. Today we are proud to relaunch Labour Organiser in tandem with the launch of Labour Society of Campaigners.
Our objectives remain as they ever were, to advance the cause of labour through . We hope that comrades may find use within the pages – digital and physical – of the new Organiser. To further understand the purpose and importance of this project, we invite you to read the inaugural words of the first edition of The Labour Organiser, penned by Herbert Drinkwater in August 1920.
“The object of this little Journal is the fulfilment in part of the prime object for which the National Association of Labour Registration and Election Agents exists, viz, “the advancement of the Labour Cause, with special reference to the improvement of the Party’s political machinery.” The need of some medium of exchange for ideas on organisation, and some open platform on which they may be discussed, has long been seen. That it is sought to satisfy the want on the principle of self-help calls for neither apology nor explanation. It is characteristic of the Party, where so much must needs depend on the sacrifice, the energy and the initiative of its members. The life of The Labour Organiser may be long or short, according as its usefulness is maintained and appreciated, but so long as Labour remains a concrete and living force in the life of the nation, so long must its organising machinery be matter for study and discussion, and means be found for reflection and expression thereon. In the expectation and hope of a long life and a lusty growth we commend our infant paper to your notice and call on you to watch and help it grow.”Labour Organiser, August 1920