The miners strike of —85 over coal mine closures, which divided the NUM as well as the Labour Party, and the Wapping dispute led to clashes with the left of the party, and negative coverage in most of the press. Tony and Cherie Blair at No10 Image: Other choices could have been made.
The Labour vote held up in the election, with the party receiving a similar number of votes as in Tony Blair and his wife Cherie celebrate victory before entering No10 for the first time Image: Ministers had been suggesting that they would be disappointed with a majority of anything less than 50 amid anger at the way the campaign had been run.
Labour improved its performance ingaining 20 seats and so reducing the Conservative majority from to Daily Mirror Get daily updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribingSee our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email We are entering landslide territory, where political majorities are measured in acres not inches.
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said: The Labour Party returned to government with a 4-seat majority under Wilson in the general election but increased its majority to 96 in the general election. Cool Britannia, the hand of history on his shoulder, devolution endorsed in an autumn referendum, he made it all look easy.
In Scotland, the Tories disappeared. Labour went on to lose the general election to the Conservatives under Edward Heath.
The new cabinet had four Labourites who formed a " National Labour " group who stood with MacDonald, plus four Conservatives led by Baldwin, Chamberlain and two Liberals. Share Innet-migration reachedits highest level for a single calendar year on record.
Tony Blair, front centre, with his Cabinet, 8 May Image: Labour unions were strongly opposed and the Labour Party officially repudiated the new National government.
However many Labourites for years blamed their defeat on foul play the Zinoviev letterthereby according to A. The cabinet deadlocked over its response, with several influential members unwilling to support the budget cuts in particular a cut in the rate of unemployment benefit which were pressed by the civil service and opposition parties.
The governing Liberals were unwilling to repeal this judicial decision with primary legislation. It was reported that voters at Keele University were being turned away from polling stations despite being eligible to vote because officials were using an out-of-date register.
When Tony Blair left his Sedgefield constituency on the night of May 1, the blue dots on the electoral map were being extinguished. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Steels, proposed in his union branch that the Trade Union Congress call a special conference to bring together all left-wing organisations and form them into a single body that would sponsor Parliamentary candidates.
The Conservatives were returned to power although Labour increased its vote from It expelled MacDonald and his supporters and made Henderson the leader of the main Labour party.
Wilson government, — Main article: An arrangement negotiated in with Liberal leader David Steelknown as the Lib—Lab pactended after one year. The wartime generation, sticking two fingers up at Winston Churchill, delivered Clement Attlee a landslide in The Catholic Church had previously tolerated the Labour Party, and denied that it represented true socialism.
It was the collapse of the Liberal party that led to the Conservative landslide. His Labour government repaid the voters by introducing the National Health Service.
The party experienced another split in when the Independent Labour Partywhich for some years had been increasingly at odds with the Labour leadership, opted to disaffiliate from the Labour Party and embarked on a long, drawn-out decline.
When a final vote was taken, the Cabinet was split with a minority, including many political heavyweights such as Arthur Henderson and George Lansburythreatening to resign rather than agree to the cuts. First Labour government, Main article: The comparison with G8 countries compares other high-income nations this group, which also includes Russia, Italy, France, Canada, the U.
On 24 August, MacDonald agreed to form a National Government composed of men from all parties with the specific aim of balancing the Budget and restoring confidence. Ramsay MacDonalda notable anti-war campaigner, resigned as leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party and Arthur Henderson became the main figure of authority within the party.
He decided to go for them, and it cost him his premiership and his legacy.
The only former Labour cabinet member who had retained his seat, the pacifist George Lansburyaccordingly became party leader. However the Conservative Party achieved big increases in support in the Midlands and South of England, benefiting from both a surge in turnout and votes lost by the ailing Liberals.
It took until the early hours of May 2,— 20 years ago tomorrow — for the feat to be repeated. The real lesson of Blairism is that, even with sky-high popularity, governments have, at best, half of a first landslide term to make a substantial difference before circumstances overtake their agenda.
In no other western country, at no other time, did child poverty fall so far, so fast than under the last Labour government.Twenty years on The Labour landslide that changed the face of Britain forever. InBritannia was cool and things were about to get better.
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New Labour was first termed as an alternative branding for the Labour Party, dating from a conference slogan first used by the Labour Party inwhich was later seen in a draft manifesto published by the party incalled New Labour, New Life For Britain.
Between and the Labour Government changed the face of Britain. Discuss. Between the years and the entire shape of Britain's economy, society and government changed. Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour has “changed the face of British politics”, as polls suggest he could be on course for Number Ten.
With shock exit. The immigration boom under Labour led to the face of Britain changing faster than any major nation except Italy, a study by an Oxford University think tank revealed.Download