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The Labour Research Department exists to co-operate with Labour, Socialist and Co-operative movements in promoting and carrying out research into problems of importance to the labour, to supply information, and to issue publications.

LRD constitution 1912

Founded in July 1912 LRD has maintained the principles embodied in its initial statement throughout the last 100 years, and provided its affiliates with a wealth of information and research.

LRD is now a company limited by guarantee

The 2018 annual general meeting decided that the legal form of the Labour Research Department (LRD) should change from that of an unincorporated association to a company limited by guarantee. It was considered that this would provide greater protection to the members and affiliates of the LRD and establish a clearer legal entity for subscribers and suppliers.

The Labour Research Department (Company Number 11429402) was incorporated as a limited company on 22 June 2018, and all existing individual members and affiliates are now members and affiliated members of the new company and continue to enjoy the same rights and benefits as before (see articles). Following a General Meeting on 17 September 2018, the activities, assets and employees were transferred to the new company on 1 October.

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