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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 John Smith

The oratory of John Smith

(p.141) 9 The oratory of John Smith
Labour orators from Bevan to Miliband

Robin T. Pettitt

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on three case studies of John Smith’s oratory from the last decade of his life in order to understand what kind of speaker he was as he was emerging as a party leader and a potential Prime Minister. The first focuses on House of Commons speeches; the second on the speeches John Smith made in connection with his most significant contribution to Labour Party organisational reform: the introduction of ‘One Member, One Vote’. The final case study consists of just one speech, his last: his plea for ‘the opportunity to serve’.

Keywords:   John Smith, OMOV, Westland, renewal

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