Parliamentary Labour right factionalism and organisational fragmentation in the 1970s

Stephen Meredith

in Labours Old and New

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780719073229
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701508 | DOI:
Parliamentary Labour right factionalism and organisational fragmentation in the 1970s

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This chapter addresses the (limitations) of group and factional organisation and activity on the parliamentary Labour right in the 1970s. It also describes the standard conceptual frameworks of factionalism and Labour Party factionalism. Tony Crosland's priorities were now clearly different to those of Roy Jenkins. The Jenkinsites represented the re-emergence of Campaign for Democratic Socialism (CDS) in truncated form. Jenkins' disinclination to compete with his factional opponents from within the Shadow Cabinet and the National Executive Committee (NEC) was to have important implications for political alignments and the balance of power in the Labour Party. The Manifesto Group ‘was formed to deal with a purely Parliamentary situation’. The limitations of Manifesto Group organisation are presented. The experience of the Manifesto Group confirmed the emerging constraints, divisions and limitations of Labour's centre-right coalition and the seemingly inalienable trajectory of the Labour Party further to the left.

Keywords: parliamentary Labour right; Labour Party factionalism; Tony Crosland; Roy Jenkins; Jenkinsites; Campaign for Democratic Socialism; Shadow Cabinet; National Executive Committee; Manifesto Group

Chapter.  15085 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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