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P. The move was defeated. C. and Labour Party into closer collaboration than ever before. The chief basis for such collaboration was a common concern with war aims. Up until 1915 the unions had given little thought to the purpose of the conflict, but as hostilities dragged on and on, seemingly without end, their uncritical mood evaporated. Such a shift in attitude brought them into closer sympathy with those who had opposed the war from the outset. C. and Labour Party effort in working out a war aims policy was Arthur Henderson, Labour Party Secretary.
John Burns managed to be elected, but he was bottom of the list and only secured a place on the Committee because the man above him, a Lib-Lab, decided not to serve after being elected. The old unionists realised, however, that the socialists might soon be able to secure a majority on the Parliamentary Committee and they were determined to prevent this from happening if they could. Ironically they found their erstwhile critic, John Burns, joining with them to defeat his former associates, Tom Mann and Keir Hardie.
He was particularly angry because Broadhurst would not support a legal limit of eight hours work a day and because he supported well-to-do Liberal candidates instead of insisting that workingclass men should be selected. Broadhurst had little difficulty in defending himself against this rather bitter personal attack, but he was unable to prevent the delegates from passing a resolution instructing the Parliamentary Committee to take a plebiscite of the members of the unions to find out whether a reduction of hours should be brought about by trade-union action or legislation.