Oxford University Democratic Socialist Club

The Oxford University Democratic Socialist Club (OUDSC) was a splinter group from Oxford University Labour Club (OULC), formed in 1940 after disaffiliation by the national Labour Party of OULC over its opposition to the Second World War and its support for the Soviet Union.[1] Its first chair was Tony Crosland, who cofounded the club together with Roy Jenkins[2][3] who subsequently became chair.[4] David Ginsburg was also a chair,[5] and George Orwell spoke to the club in 1941.[6] OUDSC merged with OULC again in 1943.[1]


  1. ^ a b Harrison, Brian. "Oxford and the Labour Movement". Twentieth Century British History. 2 (3): 226–271. doi:10.1093/tcbh/2.3.226.
  2. ^ Briggs, Asa (2004). "Bletchley". In Adonis, Andrew; Thomas, Keith (eds.). Roy Jenkins: A Retrospective. Oxford University Press. p. 24.
  3. ^ Ludow, N. Piers (2016). "Roy Jenkins and the importance of top-level politics". In Dyson, Kenneth; Maes, Ivo (eds.). Architects of the Euro: Intellectuals in the Making of European Monetary Union. Oxford University Press. pp. 117–137.
  4. ^ Hilton, Matthew (2003). Consumerism in Twentieth-Century Britain. Cambridge University Press. p. 275.
  5. ^ Rudy Goldsmith, Obituary: David Ginsburg, The Independent, 28 March 1994.
  6. ^ Orwell, George (2000). A Patriot After All: 1940-1941. Secker. pp. 506–507. ISBN 978-0436205408.