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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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Revolt and restoration

Revolt and restoration

(p.42) 2 Revolt and restoration
The Blair Supremacy

Lewis Minkin

Manchester University Press

This second historical chapter examines two phases of intra party management after 1979 and indicates their consequences for the Blairite future. The party became focused on an internal revolt involving an unprecedented attempt to exert new constitutional control over the parliamentary party and its leadership. In reaction, in 1983 a new Leader, Neil Kinnock, sought reforms which would strengthen the parliamentary leadership, and improve party management. Later, from a moderniser group led by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson there were pressures for a more radical approach to party reform including strengthening further the role of the party leadership in policymaking, reinforcing the role of media management and political marketing, improving relations with business and encouraging the ending of union collective affiliation.

Keywords:   Revolt over constitutional change, Further rise of the Left, Kinnock and reform, Strenthening management, Marketing, Leadership policymaking, Affiliation of unions, Moderniser group

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