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(James) Keir Hardie (né James Kerr) (1856-1915), Socialist leader and founder of the Labour Party

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Socialist, miner, trade unionist, MP (1892-5, 1900-15) and first leader of the Labour Party in parliament (1906-7). Born in a one-room cottage in Lanarkshire, Hardie entered parliament in 1892 and became first leader of the Labour Party in the House of Commons in 1906. An eloquent spokesman and greatly respected pioneer, he was largely responsible for the creation of the Labour Party as a political force.

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