Henry Hyndman, founder of the Democratic Federation
One of the first Socialist parties in the latter 19th century was Henry Hyndman’s Democratic Federation, founded in 1881. Hyndman corresponded with Marx about reviving Chartism, and intended his new Federation to be a working class organisation continuing ‘the great work of Spence and Owen, , Stephens and Oastler, O’Connor and O’Brien, Ernest Jones and George J. Harney’. Beer in his History of British Socialism considered that his ideas were derived from Marx, Bronterre O’Brien and Benjamin Disraeli. At its founding conference in June 8th, 1881, the party decided on the following programme:
1. Universal suffrage.
2. Triennial parliaments.
3. Equal electoral divisions.
4. Payment of members.
5. Corruption and bribery of the electors to be punishable as criminal offences.
6. Abolition of the House of Lords as a legislative body.
7. Home rule for Ireland.
8. Self-government for the colonies and dependencies.
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