Building New Labour: The Politics of Party Organisation by M. Russell

By M. Russell

'New' Labour used to be outlined partially through wide-ranging reforms to the party's inner democracy. those integrated alterations to how applicants and leaders are chosen, adjustments to coverage making approaches, and a programme of 'quotas' that remodeled women's illustration within the get together. within the first booklet to examine a majority of these reforms extensive Meg Russell asks what prompted them, to what quantity they have been pushed through leaders or contributors, and what they could train us either approximately social gathering organisational switch and the character of energy relatives within the Labour social gathering today.

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And the debate did not end in 1993 - as further discussed in Chapter 4. Throughout these discussions there were two issues at stake. The first was the selection of individual parliamentary candidates, which traditionally in Labour (as in the other British parties) was the responsibility of local constituency parties. Until 1987 the final choice of candidate lay with the local General Committee (GC), comprising representatives of branches and affiliated trade unions and socialist societies. Each of these organisations could nominate one aspirant candidate, and the GC made its choice from among the nominees.

10 But this alliance soon began to crumble. The first differences emerged when Tony Benn decided to test the new electoral college arrangements in 1981 by challenging Denis Healey for the party deputy leadership. The LCC was divided over whether to support Benn, whilst the key members of the CLPD became central in his campaign. The organisations were also in disagreement over whether the loss of many leading right wingers to the breakaway Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981 was a cause for celebration or mourning.

The LCC was divided over whether to support Benn, whilst the key members of the CLPD became central in his campaign. The organisations were also in disagreement over whether the loss of many leading right wingers to the breakaway Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981 was a cause for celebration or mourning. By the time of the 1983 general election defeat the two groups were largely opposed. The LCC's response was not to see the defeat as a vindication of the left, but rather to argue that the party should embrace more moderate positions.

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