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The art of the possiblePolitics and governance in modern British history, 18851997: Essays in memory of Duncan Tanner$
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Chris Williams and Andrew Edwards

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090714

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090714.001.0001

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Labour, nationalism and the problem of Welsh devolution, c.1939–64

Labour, nationalism and the problem of Welsh devolution, c.1939–64

(p.143) 7 Labour, nationalism and the problem of Welsh devolution, c.1939–64
The art of the possible

Andrew Edwards

Manchester University Press

The Labour Party in Wales between the outbreak of the Second World War and the Wilson government of 1964 almost appears to have been divided into ‘British’ and ‘Welsh’ wings, the former marked by socialist internationalism and a preference for centralisation, the latter by a commitment to the culture and language of Wales and committed to a devolutionary solution. Debates about the creation of a Welsh Regional Council of Labour and a Secretary of State for Wales encapsulated many of these opposing viewpoints, which were played out only rarely in a purely Welsh context, but which were also debated in very different Welsh Labour constituency parties.

Keywords:   Labour Party, Devolution, Second World War, Wales, Nationalism

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