Of all parties and of none
The League in party politics
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This chapter investigates the League of Nations Union's (LNU) efforts to present the League to the public as a cause which transcended party politics. The type of individual which the LNU attracted to its Executive was naturally of a centrist temperament. The League stood as an obvious focal point for Liberals feeling intellectually and morally dispossessed by the War. The decline of Liberalism as an electoral force did not signal the marginalisation of broader ‘liberal’ values within British politics. Cecil's resignation saw the charges of anti-government bias against the LNU increase substantially. Furthermore, Labour's attitudes towards the League and the LNU are explained in this chapter. The LNU's non-party strategy embraced the politics of centrism. The desire of Conservatives and Labour to enjoy some of the reflective glory enabled the LNU to recruit from and engage the attention of both parties for much of the period.

The British people and the League of Nations

Democracy, citizenship and internationalism, c.1918–45

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