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The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy$
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Ralph Darlington

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237334

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313813

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Towards Left Reformism, 1932–1936

Towards Left Reformism, 1932–1936

(p.201) Chapter Seven Towards Left Reformism, 1932–1936
The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy
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J. T. Murphy's strained relationship with the leadership of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) from the mid-1920s onwards was evident in a number of contentious issues. For example, Murphy denounced the party's acceptance of the Trades Union Congress's instruction to trades councils to disaffiliate from the Minority Movement. There was also the bitter and protracted dispute to gain the party's acceptance of the need to adopt the Comintern's ‘Third Period’ new line. These tensions worsened in early 1931 over a conflicting assessment of the Labour Party's fortunes, culminating in Murphy's expulsion from the CPGB in May 1932 over a disagreement about credits to the Soviet Union. This chapter examines the factors that contributed to Murphy's expulsion from the CPGB, his subsequent involvement with the Socialist League inside the Labour Party, and his political trajectory towards left reformism.

Keywords:   J. T. Murphy, Communist Party of Great Britain, reformism, Socialist League, Labour Party, Comintern, Soviet Union

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