The History of Glossop Labour Club


Glossop Labour Club is one of the oldest Socialist/Labour Clubs in the country.  It was founded in 1906 by the ILP two years before the existence of the national Labour Party in Glossop.

The founders of Glossop Labour Club were also Glossopdale's leading trade unionists, co-operators and suffragettes.  They were young and enthusiastic socialists and were extremely active politically in the valley.  As well as ILP members there were also involved in the Club, members of other socialist groups such as the SDF and the British Socialist Party.  Links with the Labour Party became stronger after 1918 but the Club always retained its independence and never affiliated to the Labour Party.  Throughout its history it has been home to people from all the various traditions on the left and to people with no party political affiliation.


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21st September 1906

Florence French, a leading campaigner for women's suffrage in Glossop and one of the founders of Glossop Labour Club

Photo courtesy of Glossop Library and

If you would like to read a full history of Glossop Labour Club and the activities of its members down the years you can order a copy of the Publication “Beer and the Battle for a Better World” price 50p from External link opens in new tab or

The Labour Club retains its campaigning function as outlined in our articles and below is a sample of some of the recent events:

May Day 2022

May Day 2023