Ethel left the ILP and joined Guy Aldred in the Anti-Parliamentary Communist Federation, (APCF). Three years later in 1934 the APCF split over the issue of the nature of its opposition to Labour Parliamentarianism. Guy Aldred lead the splinter group and Ethel MacDonald joined him. The splinter group formed a new organisation, the Workers Open Forum. The Workers Open Forum had a very short life, months in fact, the ILP had split from the Labour Party and its support was being sought by the Communists to create a United Front and by Trotsky to form a Fourth International. Guy Aldred supported the Trotskyists and was successful in getting the Glasgow, Townhead Branch of the ILP to join with him and form a new organisation, in June 1934 the United Socialist Movement, (USM) was born. Ethel remained a member of the USM and a close comrade of Guy Aldred until her death in 1960.
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