The Osborne Judgement, 1909

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  • It was a legal decision which displeased the unions
  • Labour suffered directly from it
  • Unions charged members 'the political levy'
  • It was a small weekly payment on top of normal union subscription
  • It was used mainly to provide financial help for labour parliament members (MPs weren't paid salaries)
  • Not all union members were supporters
  • W.V.Osborne, Liberal and Secretary of Walthamstow branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants causing the judgement
  • The House of Lords ruled it…


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