1992 at 30: What if Kinnock had won it?

All general elections produce their winners and losers. Landslide victories are often remembered for their scale and become personal vindications for Prime Ministers. As we reach the 30th anniversary of the 1992 election @scottcresswell1 wonders whether this was one that Labour were glad to lose... Whether it be Attlee in 1945, Thatcher in 1983, or … Continue reading 1992 at 30: What if Kinnock had won it?

How the Labour Party used History to win in 1997

25 years on from the landslide, a University of Warwick Undergraduate Research Support Scheme project supervised by Dr Simon Peplow and conducted by Will Barber Taylor has now been officially launched. On behalf of Will Barber Taylor The aim of the project was and is to explore the extent to which history influenced the Labour … Continue reading How the Labour Party used History to win in 1997

Fourth Time Lucky: Is Boris Johnson Following John Major’s 1992 Strategy?

Listening to Conservative Ministers speak, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they were the ones in opposition. Matt Hancock talks of the elderly social care crisis, Priti Patel has criticised local councils for the rise in poverty and the Prime Minister rejects that austerity has anything to do with him. On Marr, the release of … Continue reading Fourth Time Lucky: Is Boris Johnson Following John Major’s 1992 Strategy?

Sex, Lies and Hypocrisy: The Last Time Sleaze Brought Down The Tories

At the beginning of the 1990s, single mothers became the 'enemy of the people' in the eyes of hard-right Conservative MPs. But when the party looked to moralise on the issue, they discovered that single mothers were not an alien from an unruly underclass -  but within everyone's families, especially the ones of high-ranking Tory Cabinet Ministers. … Continue reading Sex, Lies and Hypocrisy: The Last Time Sleaze Brought Down The Tories

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…

Totally Cool: Pop, Politics and the revival of Britain

Twenty years ago this week, Tony Blair hosted a drinks reception at Number 10 that seemed to capture the essence of a  “New Britain” hurtling fast towards a new millennium.  In the 3 years since he had become leader of the party, Tony Blair had constantly spoken of his vision for a “young country” as … Continue reading Totally Cool: Pop, Politics and the revival of Britain