1990s · Gordon Brown · Islington · Tony Blair · Uncategorized

Granita 1994 : The Night New Labour Was Born…And A Bromance Died

Granita, Islington - May 1994 The dinner date between the two front benchers was always destined to become the stuff of political legend. It was here, next to Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington constituency, that the future Prime Minister and the Chancellor thrashed out the future of New Labour. The following day Brown, the once heir apparent… Continue reading Granita 1994 : The Night New Labour Was Born…And A Bromance Died

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1960s · 1970s · Barbara Castle · Harold Wilson · Uncategorized

1970 Equal Pay Act: Barbara Castle’s Fight For Equality

A watershed moment in the fight for gender equality, the Equal Pay Act 1970 ‘stated that women should receive equal pay for equal work’. If they believed they were paid less than a male counterpart, engaged in similar work, they could take their employer to a tribunal. The Road to 1970 Whilst its impact has… Continue reading 1970 Equal Pay Act: Barbara Castle’s Fight For Equality

General Election 1955 · Hugh Gaitskell · Nye Bevan · Uncategorized

1955 – Traitors, Red Tories and ‘The most boring election of all time’

For all the misty-eyed nostalgia surrounding the 1945 Labour Government, there is little time devoted to its downfall, from which the party would be out of office for 13 years. The 1955 election, in particular, seems to have been consigned to the dustbin of electoral history. Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Attlee’s final election… Continue reading 1955 – Traitors, Red Tories and ‘The most boring election of all time’

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Kinnock: The Movie – 30 years on

Accusations of running a presidential campaign, a Labour party surging in the polls, Conservative wobbles, Russian influence, unilateral nuclear disarmament. You’d be forgiven for thinking British politics has not moved on in the past 30 years. But these were the key topics that defined the 1987 general election coverage. Back then though, Labour's general election… Continue reading Kinnock: The Movie – 30 years on

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Should the Tories fear ‘The Queensland Effect’?

This week Unite's Len McCluskey claimed that Labour losing 30 seats in the general election would be a success for Corbyn. It was widely interpreted as expectation management ahead of the next Labour leadership election. However, perhaps there is another explanation for this. Perhaps Len has been studying a long forgotten political campaign strategy, dubbed… Continue reading Should the Tories fear ‘The Queensland Effect’?