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The Labour Party : a centenary history
Brivati, Brian.
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New York : St. Martin's Press , 2000.
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xxi, 512 p. ; 25 cm.


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On 27 February 1900, the Labour Representation Committee was formed to campaign for the election of working class representatives to parliament. One hundred years later Labour is in government with an overwhelming majority. This book is a unique opportunity both to celebrate and assess critically the Labour Party's role in shaping events of the 20th century. It brings together academics from a variety of disciplines to examine the history of the Party's development. Each chapter includes contributions in the form of commentary and analysis from former Labour leaders, cabinet ministers and backbench MPs.

Table of Contents

Michael FootTony BlairBrian Brivati and Richard HeffernanRobert TaylorKeith LaybournKevin JefferysLewis BastonEric ShawMartin J SmithDenis HealeyDavid OwenJohn BiffenCalum MacDonaldClare ShortAustin MitchellAngela EagleRobert TaylorSteve LudlamRichard HeffernanTim BaleTudor JonesAndrew ChadwickBrian BrivatiDan KeohaneRichard HeffernanChristine ColletteNick EllisonLewis BastonBrian Brivati
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Forewordp. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xxii
Part I Labour's First Century
Introductionp. 1
Out of the bowels of the Movement: The Trade Unions and the Origins of the Labour Party 1900-18p. 8
Labour In and Out of Government, 1923-1935p. 50
The Attlee Years, 1935-1955p. 68
The Age of Wilson 1955-1979p. 87
The Wilderness Years, 1979-1994p. 112
From Old to New Labour, 1994-2000p. 143
Part II Centenary Reflections
In Defense of New Labourp. 163
The Legacy of the SDPp. 166
A Tory View of 1964-70p. 170
The Challenge of Co-operationp. 172
The Global Futurep. 176
Reinterpreting Labour's History of Failurep. 178
An End of Century Report Cardp. 183
Part III Themes in Labour's First Century
Trade Union Freedom and the Labour Party: Arthur Deakin, Frank Cousins and the Transport and General Workers Union 1945-1964p. 187
Norms and Blocks: Trade Unions and the Labour Party since 1964p. 220
Leaders and Followers: The Politics of the Parliamentary Labour Partyp. 246
Crimes and Misdemeanours: Managing Dissent in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Labour Partyp. 268
Labour's Constitution and Public Ownership: From 'Old' Clause Four to 'New' Clause Fourp. 292
A 'miracle of politics': the rise of Labour, 1900-45p. 322
'The future Labour offered': industrial modernisation projects in the British Labour Party from Gaitskell to Blairp. 346
Labour's international policy: A story of conflict and contentionp. 363
Beyond Euro-Scepticism? Labour and the European Union since 1945p. 383
Questions of Gender: Labour and Womenp. 402
Labour and Welfare Politicsp. 422
Labour Local Government 1900-1999p. 449
Labour's literary dominancep. 485
Indexp. 503