English | August 16th, 2018 | ISBN: 1448217350 | 292 Pages | EPUB | 2.29 MB
The Battle for the Labour Party was first published in 1981 and was referenced by Tony Benn referenced in his 1980-1990 diaries, who described it as 'a valuable guide to the developments within the Labour party at this time'.
This re-issue is an essential resource for all who are interested in understanding the history of the Labour Party.
The continuing power struggle within the Labour Party has raged for decades and has had drastic effects on its popularity and credibility. Since the 1982 party conference the division between the Left and Right has sharpened. Tony Benn's attempts to get into the shadow cabinet, the defection of members to the SDP, the Militant inquiry and the Tatchell affair have all added to this general disenchantment.
This updated edition accurately describes how these events have developed. There are two additional chapters which deal with the activities of New Left groups in London boroughs, and with the fightback of the Right between the two party conferences. Interviews with major figures, including Shirley Williams and Roy Grantham, shed light on the events of the time. There is also more detailed insight into the GLC and events within London.
For everyone interested or involved in the history of British politics, The Battle for the Labour Party provides an insightful and thought-provoking account of a fascinating piece of history.