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LABOUR HISTORY
Series One: British Labour Party Research Department Memoranda & Information Papers, 1941-1979

Part 4: Memoranda, November 1974 - May 1979, with Information Papers, 1975-1979

"This project constitutes an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to understand the development of Labour thinking and the evolution of party policy. Here is the backroom work behind the more public activities of the party leadership, NEC and Conference, available for the first time in an accessible form."
Dr Kevin Theakston, Department of Politics, University of Leeds, and author of The Labour Party and Whitehall (London 1992).

The Labour Research Department evolved from the Fabian Society Research Bureau and was the principal fountainhead of policy ideas within the Labour Party.  They produced over 100 'Memoranda' in a given year, each of which vigorously examined a chosen topic and proposed a policy.

Part 4 completes the project with coverage of the period from November 1974 to May 1979.  These were difficult years for Labour, featuring:

  • Inflation reaching 25% following the oil crisis.
  • The decline of manufacturing in Britain.
  • IMF intervention.
  • Widespread union unrest - "Crisis, what crisis?"
  • Discussion of alliance with the Liberal Party.

 

 



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