Sunny Jim: How Callaghan won the ‘Heavyweight’ Labour Contest of the 70s

The Labour contest was the first to be fought in thirteen years following the resignation of Harold Wilson. Wilson had given Callaghan a heads up in the days before telling him he ‘should begin to make preparations for the inevitable contest’ The bookmakers priced it as follows: James Callaghan 4/5 Denis Healey 7/4 Tony Crosland … Continue reading Sunny Jim: How Callaghan won the ‘Heavyweight’ Labour Contest of the 70s

Labour’s Top 40 Conference Moments: Everything you always wanted to know but…

Conference can make or break a party leader and has been the scene of some of the most extraordinary moments in the Labour's history. Here is a rundown of the 40 most important conferences since 1900.  This weekend, the party faithful will head down to Brighton for the annual Labour conference. We can trace its … Continue reading Labour’s Top 40 Conference Moments: Everything you always wanted to know but…

Waiting at the church: Why Callaghan failed to call the 1978 general election

By the summer of 1978, Jim Callaghan had a big decision to make. After four tumultuous years in power, his party had finally nudged ahead in the opinion polls. An election was expected, but to the shock of the world, Callaghan abandoned his plan. It became the most significant miscalculation in Labour's history For most of 1976 … Continue reading Waiting at the church: Why Callaghan failed to call the 1978 general election

“Precisely the sort of candidate who ought to be able to stand, and lose harmlessly’ – Is Corbyn the modern day Thatcher?

Margaret Thatcher was the most successful Prime Minister of the 20th century.  In the beginning though her party didn't want her. She only stood because nobody else was brave enough and in 1975 she became leader by accident. Events would take her all the way to Number 10.  Is Jeremy Corbyn on the same path? This … Continue reading “Precisely the sort of candidate who ought to be able to stand, and lose harmlessly’ – Is Corbyn the modern day Thatcher?