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Keir Hardie - 100 years on

The Miner

19th Century

Hardie started this four-page newspaper in Cumnock in January 1887.  In the first issue he stated: 'The magazine, while dealing primarily with mining affairs, will advocate reform in every direction which promises to bring relief to the toiling millions.  The agitation for the suppression of the liquor traffic and the nationalisation of the land will have our heartiest support.'   Two years later he re-launched the paper as a penny monthly with the title 'Labour Leader'.  He sold it to the ILP in 1904.  

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