Instilling ‘responsibility’ in the young

Steven Fielding

in The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780719043642
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700327 | DOI:
Instilling ‘responsibility’ in the young

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This chapter looks at the implications of the ‘generation gap’ for Labour and how members tried to bridge it. The party's various attempts to evoke a positive response among the young were usually based on a desire to engage with what was generally thought to be their interests. Before the 1959 general election, Labour established a Youth Commission, composed of progressive celebrities of the day like the footballer Jimmy Hill, which drafted proposals to meet the changing needs of the young. If this was principally meant to create favourable publicity, the creation of the Young Socialists in 1960 and the government's reduction of the voting age were more substantive initiatives.

Keywords: generation gap; Labour; Youth Commission; Jimmy Hill; Young Socialists; voting age

Chapter.  11636 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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