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Defence and foreign policy in the 1970s

Rhiannon Vickers

in The Labour Party and the World

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719067464
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719067464.003.0005
Defence and foreign policy in the 1970s

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This chapter focuses on the foreign and defence policy of the Labour Party during the 1970s. During this time, the party's political programme moved to the left in an attempt to recuperate its base inside the trade unions and reconnect with the constituency parties. The party became united in condemning the ongoing Vietnamese conflict and urging the withdrawal of American forces, in advocating for the dissolution of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the closure of nuclear bases and the rejection of a British defence policy based on the threat of the use of nuclear weapons. The chapter also discusses the party's commitment to bolstering the Anglo-American relationship and to strengthening Britain's nuclear deterrent.

Keywords: foreign policy; defence policy; Labour Party; trade unions; constituency parties; Vietnamese conflict; NATO; nuclear bases; nuclear weapons; Anglo-American relationship

Chapter.  13460 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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