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Labour orators from Bevan to Miliband$
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Crines Andrew S. and Hayton Richard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089800

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089800.001.0001

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The oratory of Hugh Gaitskell

The oratory of Hugh Gaitskell

(p.31) 2 The oratory of Hugh Gaitskell
Labour orators from Bevan to Miliband

Timothy Heppell

Thomas McMeeking

Manchester University Press

As an orator Gaitskell was to be defined by the internal debates that took place within a fractious Labour movement. His most memorable speeches - ‘fight and fight again’ over unilateralism, and his ‘thousand years of history’ over the Common Market, were used within the context of internal Labour party ideological struggles, and not used against the Conservative government. This chapter provides a critical interpretation of his rhetorical impact. With a limited parliamentary and media contribution, his most memorable oratorical moments involved highlighting the split between the multilateralist right and the unilateralist left and the evolving split within the social democratic right over the Common Market.

Keywords:   Gaitskell, renewal, social democracy, Clause 4, Bevan, Gaitskellite

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