2000s · Ed Miliband · New Labour · Tony Blair · Uncategorized

Bloodied Brothers: The Milibands and the Battle for New Labour’s Legacy

  In the aftermath of election defeat, David Miliband emerged as the clear front-runner. Bookmakers priced DM at 4/7, Alastair Darling 8/1, Alan Johnson 10/1, Ed Miliband 11/1, Ed Balls 12/1. Andy Burnham 14/1, 16/1 Jon Cruddas, 25/1 James Purnell, 33/1 Liam Byrne, 40/1 John Denham, 50/1 Yvette Cooper Reflecting on thirteen years In office,… Continue reading Bloodied Brothers: The Milibands and the Battle for New Labour’s Legacy

1970s · 1980s · Denis Healey · General Election 1979 · John Smith · Margaret Thatcher · Uncategorized

End Days: The Night the Callaghan Government Fell

In March 1979 there was a Vote of Confidence in the Callaghan Government which it lost 311-310, triggering a General Election. The story of one of the most dramatic nights in British Political History In August 1978, the Lib-Lab Pact – which had helped sustain the Callaghan Government in office – disbanded with an expectation that… Continue reading End Days: The Night the Callaghan Government Fell

1980s · Jeremy Corbyn · Neil Kinnock · Tony Benn · Uncategorized

Kinnock v Benn: Labour’s Final Battle of the 1980s

In 1988, Tony Benn challenged Neil Kinnock for the leadership of the Labour Party. The story of the campaign often overlooked by historians. -------------------- Rumours began in January 1988 that Kinnock would face a challenge from the left of the party. Tony Benn claimed Kinnock was ‘increasingly intolerant’ and ‘authoritarian’ in his manner and ‘gave a… Continue reading Kinnock v Benn: Labour’s Final Battle of the 1980s

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The Resignation: The End Of The Harold Wilson Era

Harold Wilson shocks the world as he resigns as Labour leader. Dubbed ‘The man who came near to making Labour a natural party of government’ he brings an end to a thirty-year career at the top of British politics. The story of his resignation: Wilson had planned his retirement months in advance and had decided… Continue reading The Resignation: The End Of The Harold Wilson Era

List · Rugby League

The ‘People’s Game’: The Rugby League TV Archive

The People's Game In difficult times like this, we often look to sports for an escape. Rugby League, more than most sports, remains at the centre of economic and social life for many towns across the north of England. And while we all acknowledge that our health must come first, there will be many people who… Continue reading The ‘People’s Game’: The Rugby League TV Archive

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London Calling: The Foundations of the British Labour Party

1900. The Labour Party is founded. The Labour Representation Committee (LRC) is formed in London following a socialist conference. The 129 delegates pass Keir Hardie's motion to create a distinct group to represent working-class people in Parliament. It consisted of separate groupings such as the I.L.P, the marxist S.D.F and the Fabian Society. In total,… Continue reading London Calling: The Foundations of the British Labour Party

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The Likely Lad: A Harold Wilson Box Set

Labour Documentaries: The Harold Wilson Era (1964-1976) This list of documentaries follows on from previous posts on the Wilderness Years, an essential book list and the Labour Island Discs archive. Below are some documentaries on Harold Wilson - Labour's great election winner. Essentials The Heath/Wilson Duel (BBC:2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGiQ4YLMyN0 Superb documentary charting the story of two… Continue reading The Likely Lad: A Harold Wilson Box Set