Northern Rhodesian Labour Party

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The Northern Rhodesian Labour Party was a political party in Northern Rhodesia.


The party was established by Roy Welensky in 1941.[1][2] It was supported by European working class miners and artisans,[3] and campaigned for closer union with Southern Rhodesia.[4] The first congress of the party was held in Nkana on 11 July 1941,[5][6] and called for immediate amalgamation with Southern Rhodesia.[5][6]

In the 1941 general elections the party contested five of the eight seats, winning them all;[7] Welensky in Broken Hill, F. T. Sinclair in Livingstone and Western, Michael McGann in Luanshya, F S Roberts in Ndola and Martin Visagie in Nkana.[7][8] However, it was dissolved after it was defeated in the 1944 elections.[9]


  1. ^ Sir Roy Welensky, Bodleian Library.
  2. ^ Deborah Andrews (1992). Annual Obituary, 1991. St. James Press. p. 771. ISBN 978-1-55862-175-6.
  3. ^ Lewis Henry Gann, Michael Gelfand (1964), Huggins of Rhodesia: The Man and His Country, George Allen & Unwin, p170
  4. ^ Bill Schwarz (2011), The White Man's World, Oxford: Oxford University Press, p363
  5. ^ a b J. R. T. Wood (1983). The Welensky Papers: A History of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Graham Publishing. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-620-06410-1.
  6. ^ a b The Crown Colonist. Crown Colonist. 1942. p. 372.
  7. ^ a b "N. Rhodesian elections: New Labour Party Wins Five Seats", East Africa and Rhodesia, 4 September 1941, p7
  8. ^ "Matters of Moment", East Africa and Rhodesia, 4 September 1941, p3
  9. ^ Don Taylor (1955), The Rhodesian: The Life of Sir Roy Welensky, Museum Press, p75