2017

“A Watershed Conference”: Why the Left still Revere the 1980 Labour Conference

"It has been a watershed of a conference of that there is no doubt and unlike any other conference it will continue to cast its influence over the PLP, over the leadership and over the future of British politics" Tony Benn - 3rd October 1980 38 years ago, it was Labour conference voting to leave the Common Market… Continue reading “A Watershed Conference”: Why the Left still Revere the 1980 Labour Conference

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2017

“I’ll Tell You What Happens With Impossible Promises”: When Kinnock Faced Down Militant

As the Labour Party return to Liverpool - the scene of their pitched battles of the 1980s - Militant have been praised for their work fighting the Tories. In 1985 however, it was Neil Kinnock's speech that put Labour back on the long road to government.  The Road to Bournemouth The battle between the Labour Party… Continue reading “I’ll Tell You What Happens With Impossible Promises”: When Kinnock Faced Down Militant

2017 · James Callaghan · Jeremy Corbyn

Will Corbyn be Prime Minister by Christmas? History Would Suggest Not…

It was in the Summer of 2017 - at the hedonistic setting of Glastonbury - that Jeremy Corbyn predicted he would be Prime Minister by Christmas. He later claimed he would do it within twelve months. Experts now agree that October will be an 'Autumn of Discontent' for the Tories. The door could indeed be opened for… Continue reading Will Corbyn be Prime Minister by Christmas? History Would Suggest Not…