The Labour Party was set up in the early twentieth century to provide a political voice in parliament for working people across the UK. Although a relative newcomer to British politics the Labour Party's success has been dramatic.
Labour created the National Health Service, bringing major improvements in the health of working people and replacing a fragmented system in which health services were only available to the privileged few that could afford them.
Labour has enshrined in law equality of opportunity regardless of gender, class, race, age or sexuality. Labour has implemented numerous workplace rights including holiday entitlement, sick pay, the right to safe and decent working conditions and the concept of a non-working weekend (i.e. the five-day working week).
Labour created the 'cradle to grave' welfare state, setting in place a system of social security designed to abolish extremes of poverty and destitution, and to provide a safety net for the elderly, the sick and the unemployed.
The Labour Party introduced the right to a free secondary education and opened up access to university for all through the education grant system.
Labour provided high-quality housing to millions - 'homes for heroes' - replacing the overcrowded, disease-ridden slums of pre-war Britain.
The Labour Party continues to campaign today to improve conditions for working people and to bring about a society built on decency, respect, equality and social justice.