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Crossing the floor: Reg Prentice and the crisis of British social democracy

Geoff Horn


Reg Prentice remains the most high-profile politician to cross the floor of the House of Commons in the post-war period. His defection was reflective of an important ‘sea change’ in British politics; the end of the post-war consensus and the start of the Thatcher era. This book examines in detail the key events surrounding Prentice‘s transition from a front-line Labour politician, serving as a cabinet minister in the Labour Government (1974-79), through to his dramatic decision to join the Conservative Party of Margaret Thatcher. It focuses on the shifting and uncertain political climate in Br ... More

Keywords: Prentice, Labour Government, social democracy, Labour Right, realignment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088698
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088698.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoff Horn, author