Macmillan and Home: ‘pink socialism’ and ‘true-blue’ Conservatism, 1957–64

Mark Pitchford

in The Conservative Party and the extreme right 1945–75

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780719083631
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702864 | DOI:
Macmillan and Home: ‘pink socialism’ and ‘true-blue’ Conservatism, 1957–64

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This chapter describes the impact of Conservative governments' domestic and imperial policies on an increasingly vociferous extreme right, showing how the Conservative Party both alienated and attracted the extreme right while maintaining opposition to any groups or individuals that possessed fascist antecedents or characteristics. There was little detectable change in the Conservative Party's relationship with the extreme right under Harold Macmillan's leadership. The Conservative Party had played a part in the marginalisation by opposing the League of Empire Loyalists and investigating the Elizabethan Party. The New Daily's article concluded by stating that it believed Central Office was interested in the ‘Hastings Experiment’, and promised to forward its full results to the Party Chairman. The Monday Club's damage limitation had immediate consequences. The Freedom Group and the Monday Club operated along the Conservative Party's nebulous right-wing border, but were now more firmly within it.

Keywords: Conservative governments; extreme right; Conservative Party; Harold Macmillan; Empire Loyalists; Elizabethan Party; Freedom Group; Monday Club

Chapter.  28164 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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