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Quiz I

  1. Name the Scottish miner who founded the Labour Party, and served as its first parliamentary leader?
  2. In 1924 who became the first Labour prime minister when Labour and the Liberals formed a coalition government?
  3. In which year did the Labour Party win a landslide victory and its first majority government? And who became prime minister?
  4. Often cited as the 'jewel' in Labour’s history, in which year was the National Health Service created?
  5. Which think tank advancing the principles of democratic socialism, was founded 1884, and participated in the formation of the Labour Representation Committee in 1900?




  6. Which socialist song is the anthem of the British Labour Party?
  7. As of 2020, how many different Labour prime ministers have there been?
  8. Which two Labour prime ministers of the last 50-years have had the first name James?
  9. How many elections did Harold Wilson win?
  10. After the war, who was chosen as the Minister of Health in Clement Attlee's new Labour government?
  11. Whose time as Northern Ireland Secretary saw the signing of the historic Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1998?
  12. Who was the first woman to lead the Labour Party?

Answers:

  1. Keir Hardie
  2. Ramsay MacDonald
  3. 1945. Clement Attlee.
  4. 1948
  5. Fabian Society
  6. The Red Flag
  7. Six
  8. James Gordon Brown and James Harold Wilson (both were known by their middle names - ironically, James Callaghan's name was actually Leonard James Callaghan. Also, both Ramsay MacDonald and Keir Hardie had the first name James.)
  9. Four (1964, 1966, February 1974, October 1974)
  10. Aneurin Bevan (Minister of Health (1945–1951))
  11. Mo Mowlam
  12. Margaret Beckett (after John Smith died in 1994, although Tony Blair won the election to replace Smith shortly afterwards)




Quiz II

  1. Can you name the first female Home Secretary?
  2. What was founded on 26 March 1981 by four senior Labour Party moderates, dubbed the 'Gang of Four'?
  3. Which Labour politician was Minister of Labour in the war-time coalition government?
  4. What phrase from Shakespeare did James Callaghan borrow to describe the events leading up to February 1979?
  5. Which British politician who served as a M.P. for constituencies in Fife, between 1950 and 1987, was known for his strong republican views?
  6. An unflattering photograph of Labour Party leader Ed Miliband eating what sort of food became the source of sustained media commentary in 2014 and 2015?
  7. Which Labour politician inherited a peerage on his father's death, the 2nd Viscount Stansgate?
  8. Which clause is part of the constitution of the UK Labour Party, which sets out the aims and values of the party?
  9. Which Labour prime minister nationalised one fifth of the British economy?
  10. Which leader's death in 1994, saw Tony Blair become Leader, ushering in the era of New Labour?
  11. Which Secretary of State for Employment introduced the groundbreaking Equal Pay Act of 1970?
  12. The Open University was founded by the Labour government under which Prime Minister?

Answers:

  1. Jacqui Smith (2007)
  2. SDP (The Social Democratic Party)
  3. Ernest Bevan (Note: From 1943 to 1948, 'Bevin Boys' were young men conscripted to work in the coal mines. Chosen by lots, they made up ten percent of all male conscripts aged 18–25.)
  4. Winter of Discontent
  5. Willie Hamilton
  6. A bacon sandwich
  7. Tony Benn
  8. Clause IV
  9. Clement Attlee
  10. John Smith's
  11. Barbara Castle
  12. Harold Wilson



Labour Quiz III

  1. Which Labour politician was once called a "a sheep in sheep’s clothing"?
  2. Who once said: "I'm tough on crime and on the causes of crime"?
  3. In recent years, the Labour Party Annual Conference has been regularly held in which two cities?
  4. Who was elected as the Labour Party MP for Hampstead and Highgate in 1992?
  5. Who was best known for being Tony Blair's spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy?
  6. Who served as Labour Leader from 1980 to 1983?
  7. Who once said: "a week is a long time in politics"?
  8. Which former Labour prime minister was an agnostic who described himself as "incapable of religious feeling," saying that he believed in "the ethics of Christianity" but not "the mumbo-jumbo"?
  9. "The longest suicide note in history" is an epithet originally used by which Labour MP to describe his party's 1983 general election manifesto?
  10. Which Labour Party politician served as Secretary of State for Defence from 1964 to 1970, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1974 to 1979 and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1980 to 1983?
  11. In 1994 which two Labour politicians did Tony Blair defeat in a leadership election to become Leader of the Opposition?
  12. Who was chosen as Parliamentary Prospective candidate for Bolsover on 5 June 1969?
  13. Which Labour prime minister lost the sight of one eye in a school rugby accident at age of sixteen?
  14. Who once said:"I'm the guy everybody wanted to live next door. They just didn't want me to be prime minister"?
  15. In which year did Tony Blair resign as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party to be succeeded by Gordon Brown?
  16. In which year did Labour win just 202 seats, their lowest number since 1935: (a) 1983,(b) 1992, or (c) 2019?
  17. Who served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 2015 to 2019?
  18. Which Labour politician was given the colourful nickname "Two Jags"?
  19. Who was the only Prime Minister to come to the premiership after holding the other 3 great offices of state?
  20. Can you name the Labour leader from their middle name: (a) Rodney, (b) Gordon, (c) Bernard, (d) Mackintosh, and (e) Samuel?

Answers:

  1. Clement Attlee (by Churchill - Attlee had served as deputy prime throughout the war and when party politics resumed, beat Churhill in the 1945 landslide election.)
  2. Tony Blair
  3. Liverpool and Brighton
  4. Glenda Jackson
  5. Alastair Campbell
  6. Michael Foot
  7. Harold Wilson
  8. Clement Attlee
  9. Gerald Kaufman
  10. Dennis Healey
  11. John Prescott and Margaret Beckett
  12. Dennis Skinner
  13. Gordon Brown
  14. Neil Kinnock
  15. 2007
  16. (c) 2019 (Note: Just over 20 years early, in 1997, Labour’s 418 seats were the highest ever number for a single party.)
  17. Tom Watson
  18. John Prescott
  19. James Callaghan (Chancellor of the Exchequer (1964 to 1967), Home Secretary (1967 to 1970) and Foreign Secretary (1974 to 1976))
  20. (a) Sir Keir Rodney Starmer, (b) Neil Gordon Kinnock, (c) Jeremy Bernard Corbyn, (d) Michael Mackintosh Foot, (e) Edward Samuel Miliband