Do you know this woman?

This ILP_1931picture was taken at an Independent Labour Party (ILP) Summer School in 1930 or 1931. The man in the middle of the back row is the MP David Kirkwood and his fellow MP, James Maxton, is in the front. They were leading members of the (infamous?) Red Clydesider group of MPs.

As is typical of photographs of the time the women who appeared with them, presumably other members of the iLP and delegates to the summer school, are not named.

I am keen to find out the identities of any of the women but I’m particularly interested in the woman who is top left in the photograph. I think she may be my grandmother.

If you know the names of any of the women pictured please contact me via the contact page on this website or e-mail me directly on

I tell the full story of this photograph in my talk Rattling the Family Skeleton.

My novel No Mean Affair  is a fictional account of my grandmother’s relationship with another leading member of the Clydeside Reds, John Wheatley.

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02 2017

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