James Ramsey MacDonald, later leader of the Labour Party and twice Prime Minister, was a Labour candidate for Southampton at the 1895 general election. He was also a prospective candidate in the next election and in 1897 he attended a demonstration in the town during which he shared a platform with James Kier Hardy. By 1899, however, he had transferred his parliamentary aspirations to Leicester.

James Ramsey MacDonald

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Further reading:
History of Southampton Vol 3, by A. Temple Patterson, p99-101. (HS/h)
‘Ramsey MacDonald; The Southampton Connection’, by Graham Heaney, in Hampshire, Vol. 35, No. 9, July 1995, p44-45. (H/y)


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