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Parliamentary Labour Party papers, 1968/69-1993/94

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Parliamentary Labour Party papers, 1968/69-1993/94

The Parliamentary Labour Party is the organisation of Labour members of Parliament (MPs) founded in 1906. Included in this collection are all the minutes of the Party Meetings, the Liaison Committee and the Parliamentary Committee (Shadow Cabinet) for the period 1968-1994.

This period represents a turbulent one in British politics, during the early part of which Labour were twice in power. It begins with the latter half of a Labour government under Harold Wilson, followed by the Conservative government of Edward Heath, which brought Britain the three-day week and into the EEC. Less than a year after Labour returned to power in 1974 following a hung parliament, the Conservative Party elected a new leader. The Margaret Thatcher years appear in their entirety, including the Falklands War and the miners' strike. In the Labour Party, leadership moved from Jim Callaghan to Michael Foot to Neil Kinnock. Initially policy shifted to the left. However, after the Party's heavy defeat in the election of 1983, the concept of "New Realism" started to emerge. In its wake came Tony Blair, whose progress to the top is charted by these papers, which culminate in Margaret Beckett's caretaker leadership after the death of John Smith.

This span from the papers of the PLP is published with a short Collection guide - click to view by Stephen Bird, former archivist at the Labour History Archive and Study Centre, Manchester.

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Liaison Committee meetings

Liaison Committee meetings

The Liaison Committee exists only when Labour in is power, and comprises party whips and selected ministers, who liaise between the Government and the Parliamentary Labour Party.

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Party meetings

Party meetings

The Party Meetings are generally held weekly while Parliament is in session, and continue regardless of whether or not the Labour Party is in power. They provide a forum for all... (more...)

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Shadow Cabinet meetings

Shadow Cabinet meetings

Comprises the minutes of meetings of the Shadow Cabinet, officially known as the Parliamentary Committee, for the periods when the Parliamentary Labour Party was in opposition.

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Working Party on Standing Orders meetings

Working Party on Standing Orders meetings

The Working Party on Standing Orders (WPSO), occasionally referred to as the 'Working Group', is an ad hoc body set up to examine issues relating to standing orders relating to policy... (more...)

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