Labour’s Turning Points: The Unions and “In Place of Strife”

By Daniel Esson            As most Labour governments tend to be, the Wilson ministry of 1964-70 was far from tranquil. Taking power in 1964 with a wafer-thin majority of just four, the Wilson years were a time of significant change in Britain with the trade unions central to debates. Graeter change could have come, if now-forgotten … Continue reading Labour’s Turning Points: The Unions and “In Place of Strife”

The Class of 45: Attlee’s Critical War Years

Beginning a new series on the Class of 1945, Euan Saunders takes a look at Attlee and his role in Churchill's War Cabinet Clement Attlee embodies the Labour Movement. As the first Labour Prime Minister to govern with a majority he oversaw the most transformative economic and social programme in British political history. It is … Continue reading The Class of 45: Attlee’s Critical War Years

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?: James Callaghan and Jimmy Carter Re-visited

By Tyler Hawkins @TylerCHawkins Britain. 1976. Harold Wilson ends his reign as Prime Minister. In his place comes one the most experienced politicians in modern British political history. Meanwhile, in America, a former Georgian Governor shocks the world by winning the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. James Callaghan and Jimmy Carter led … Continue reading Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?: James Callaghan and Jimmy Carter Re-visited

End of an Era: A Political Earthquake in Sussex by the Sea

Thirty years on, how significant was the Eastbourne by-election?  By Paul Richards Thirty years ago, the people of Eastbourne, a sedate seaside town in East Sussex, went to the polls in a parliamentary by-election, caused by the assassination of Conservative MP Ian Gow by the IRA. It came amidst the choppiest of political waters for … Continue reading End of an Era: A Political Earthquake in Sussex by the Sea