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Leyton did not have many factories where trade unionism and segregation of manual workers from office staff and managers emphasised class divisions.  There was the big railway works at Stratford employing Leyton men.

National membership of the Communist party increased from 2,000 in 1930 to 18,000 at the start of the Second World War 1.

Socialism was strong in adjacent West Ham.  

1  ‘Hunger ... is a very good thing’, Britain in the 1930s by Tony Mason in ‘From Blitz to Blair, A New History of Britain since 1939’ edited by Nick Tiratsoo

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