18 Realignment of the Labour Party

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  • Realignment of the Labour Party
    • Neil Kinnock 1987-92
      • Mandelson director of communication 1985
      • Smith gave image of competence
      • After 1987, the 1983 manifesto was ditched, including EEC withdrawal
      • Ended support for closed shop in 1989, union split
      • CLOSED SHOP - workers have to be in a specific union to have a job
      • Became an alternative government, ahead in polls
      • Blamed for 1992 election loss
    • John Smith 1992-94
      • 'One Member, One Vote' - individual members vote on parliamentary candidates
      • OMOV 1993
      • Died of a heart attack 1994, shock to the nation
    • Tony Blair 1994-07
      • Avoided divisive leadership contest, agreement with Brown
      • 1995 abolished Clause IV
      • Copied Conservative spending plans, Tories couldn't attack it
      • Communicator won over 'Middle England'
      • Won over young and female voters
      • Fresh and vibrant, female candidates
      • Alistair Campbell, better press relations, 'Spin Machine'
    • 1997 General Election
      • Big lead in the polls, discussed Lib Dem coalition
      • 1. Cut Class size
      • 2. Fast-track punishment
      • 3. Cut NHS waiting lists
      • 4. Reduced unemployment
      • 5. No rise in income tax rates
      • Tories couldn't attack them, sleaze scandals
      • Tories still struggled with Europe divisions
      • Labour landslide, tactical voting

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