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The Blair SupremacyA study in the politics of Labour's party management$
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Lewis Minkin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073793

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073793.001.0001

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Managing the Parliamentary Labour Party

Managing the Parliamentary Labour Party

(p.401) 13 Managing the Parliamentary Labour Party
The Blair Supremacy

Lewis Minkin

Manchester University Press

Preserving discipline in the PLP was judged to be essential. This chapter examines the politics of management which is shown to involve much more than the whips role in relation to votes in the Commons. Unnoticed by observers, behind the scenes there was a range of important conflicts and revolts within the management of a more integrated party. These give us a revealing perspective on the politics of the PLP as it developed in the three terms of Blair’s premiership. Explanations are offered for a management which was strong in avoiding the promised sharing of an element of government policy formulation agreed in the PLP in 1996, strong also in the rolling coup discreet security of procedural insulation against removal of the Leader, but weak over the unexpected and continuing failure of heavy sanctions against dissidents.

Keywords:   Discipline and united party, Managerial politics more than the whips, Internal conflicts and revolts, Integrated party, Parliamentary Committee, Policy formulation, Rolling coup insulation of the Leader, Sanctions limited

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