Migration and Empire - political impact of immigration on Scotland

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Migration and Empire - political impact of immigration on Scotland

  1. 1. LEARNING INTENTIONS • Describe the political impact that immigration had on Scotland
  2. 2. The political impact of immigration covers four main issues: • Trade unions • Political parties • Pressure groups • Voting and elections
  3. 3. Trade unions Irish immigrants played a role in trade unions, either setting them up or joining existing groups. The Glasgow Cotton Spinners Association was led by Irishmen trying to improve working conditions.
  4. 4. Political parties The Irish often supported the Liberal Party (as they wanted to give Ireland Home Rule). Some Irishmen became involved in the new Scottish Labour Party, including John Wheatley.
  5. 5. Pressure groups The Irish were involved in many political campaigns. In the 1800s Britain was not a democracy and few people had the vote. Some Irish people joined groups such as the Chartists.
  6. 6. Voting and elections Like the Scots, most Irish people could not vote until 1918. When they did they often supported the Liberal Party. Eventually the Scottish Labour Party began to receive their votes.

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