One of the first acts of the new Liberal Government was to reverse the Taff Vale judgement.
Some members of the trades union movement became interested in moving into the political field, and after further extensions of the voting franchise in 18, the Liberal Party endorsed some trade-union sponsored candidates.
The first Lib–Lab candidate to stand was George Odger in the Southwark by-election of 1870.
At the 1895 general election, the Independent Labour Party put up 28 candidates but won only 44,325 votes.
Keir Hardie, the leader of the party, believed that to obtain success in parliamentary elections, it would be necessary to join with other left-wing groups.
The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom.
It has been described as a broad church, bringing together an alliance of social-democratic, socialist and trade-unionist outlooks.
Whilst the party organises in Northern Ireland, it does not contest elections there, instead supporting the Social Democratic and Labour Party.
The Labour Party originated in the late 19th century, meeting the demand for a new political party to represent the interests and needs of the urban working class, a demographic which had increased in number, and many of whom only gained suffrage with the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1884.
In addition, several small socialist groups had formed around this time, with the intention of linking the movement to political policies.
Among these were the Independent Labour Party, the intellectual and largely middle-class Fabian Society, the Marxist Social Democratic Federation and the Scottish Labour Party.
The party's platform emphasises greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening workers' rights.