Ralph Miliband, a Marxist academic, founded a small group of political activists who met at Tony Benn’s house in London, and included the then newly-elected young MP, Mr Corbyn.
According to a 2011 biography of Ed Milband, Ralph tried to re-engage with Labour during the 1980s in collaboration with Benn, himself a famous Left-winger.
The book, Ed – the Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader, describes how Ralph saw his role as helping to prepare a practical socialist programme of policies for the Bennites “should they assume control of the Labour Party”.
With this in mind, Ralph created the Independent Left Corresponding Society (ILCS) with Benn. The group, which met on Sunday evenings at Benn’s house included Mr Corbyn, Left-wing writers, and the academic, Andrew Glyn, who was a friend of the Miliband family and taught Ed at Oxford University.
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