1990s · 2017 · The Sun · Tony Blair

Show Us You Care! Blair, Diana & The Seven Days That Shook The Establishment

Tony Blair had been prime minister for just four months, when he was thrown into the glare of the world's media, following the death of Princess Diana. With they eyes of the world turning towards Britain, the nation underwent an unprecedented period of public grief. But as the public turned on the Windsors, Tony Blair… Continue reading Show Us You Care! Blair, Diana & The Seven Days That Shook The Establishment

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1945 Labour Government · 2017 · Housing · Nye Bevan

Let’s Build The Houses Quick! How Labour tackled previous housing crises

Part One: Homes Fit For Heroes The Wheatley Housing Act of 1924 allowed central government to provide subsidies for social housing. The aim was to create employment in a shattered construction industry and provide quality homes at affordable rents. Ten years later, over half a million council homes had been built in the UK.  It… Continue reading Let’s Build The Houses Quick! How Labour tackled previous housing crises

1945 Labour Government · 2017 · Clement Attlee · General Election 1945 · Miners · Nye Bevan

1945 King’s Speech – On behalf of the people

"It will be the aim of my Ministers to see that the national resources in labour and material are employed with the fullest efficiency in the interests of all and that the standard of living is progressively improved." The 1945 election marked a watershed in British political history. Labour had shocked the world by ousting… Continue reading 1945 King’s Speech – On behalf of the people

1980s · 2017 · Denis Healey · Michael Foot · Neil Kinnock · Tony Benn

Timeline: 1981 and the Labour Summer of Discontent

December 1980: Benn fails to gain election to the Shadow Cabinet. Roy Hattersley topped the poll as Foot looks to maintain a left/right balance. Margaret Thatcher is attacked by a flare in Cardiff as Tories reach their lowest ebb in the polls. December 31st: In her Christmas message, Margaret Thatcher warns the nation of "another… Continue reading Timeline: 1981 and the Labour Summer of Discontent

1980s · 2017 · Left · SDP

Civil War: How infighting took Labour and Britain to the brink

The period from 1979 to 1983 represented an electoral nadir for the Labour Party. After being brought down by the winter of discontent, a period of bitter infighting remained etched on the minds of the electorate for the next 20 years. Will history repeat itself? In the months following the 1979 general election defeat, a… Continue reading Civil War: How infighting took Labour and Britain to the brink

2017

Life as a Trot: Tony Blair’s letter to Michael Foot – July 1982

On the superb Reflections With Peter Hennessy programme Tony Blair has revealed he was a student “Trot” and was inspired to enter politics by Leon Trotsky. We often overlook that Tony Blair and Jeremy Corbyn stood on the same radical left-wing Labour manifesto of 1983. In the intervening years Blair has radically shifted his world view… Continue reading Life as a Trot: Tony Blair’s letter to Michael Foot – July 1982

2017 · David Cameron · Gordon Brown · New Labour · Theresa May · Tony Blair

Now What Do We Do? The First 100 Days of Blair, Brown, Cameron and May

20 years ago today, New Labour marked their 100th day in office.  In contrast to the current stagnation  we are experiencing under Theresa May,  Labour oversaw many radical changes within the first few months. But how have other recent prime ministers fared? Tony Blair – May 2nd– August 8th 1997 On election night, Tony Blair… Continue reading Now What Do We Do? The First 100 Days of Blair, Brown, Cameron and May