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William Mellor (1888–1942) was a left-wing British journalist. A Guild Socialist
Guild Socialist
during the 1910s, Mellor worked closely with G. D. H. Cole, founding the National Guilds League
National Guilds League
with him in 1915.[1] He joined the Daily Herald in 1913 as a journalist, and was imprisoned during the First World War
First World War
as a conscientious objector, returning to the Herald on his release.[2] He was a founder-member of the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1920, but resigned in 1924. He became editor of the Herald in 1926, succeeding George Lansbury
George Lansbury
when the Trades Union Congress took over the paper, and was fired in 1930 soon after Odhams Press
Odhams Press
took half-ownership with the TUC. He was the first editor of Tribune 1937-38, but was sacked after falling out with Stafford Cripps over the latter’s proposal for a Popular Front
Popular Front
of socialist and non-socialist parties against fascism. For the last ten years of his life, though married with a family, he conducted an affair with the young Barbara Castle.[3] Works[edit]

(with G. D. H. Cole) The Meaning of Industrial Freedom, 1918 Direct Action, 1920. The co-operative movement and the fight for socialism, 1933

References[edit]

^ Geoffrey Foote, The Labour Party's political thought: a history, Routledge, 1986, p. 107 ^ Martin Ceadel, Pacifism in Britain, 1914-1945 : the defining of a faith. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1980. ISBN 0198218826 (p.47). ^ Andrew Rosthorn (24 July 2014). "How Cyril Smith Outwitted Barbara Castle in the Strange Case of the Paedophiles at the Home Office". Tribune. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

William Mellor at Spartacus Educational

Media offices

Preceded by Hamilton Fyfe Editor of the Daily Herald 1926–1930 Succeeded by W. H. Stevenson

Preceded by New position Editor of Tribune 1937–1938 Succeeded by H. J. Hartshorn

Party political offices

Preceded by Stafford Cripps Chairman of the Socialist League 1936–1937 Succeeded by Organisation dissolved

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