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New Labour – The Results – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Campaigning, Electoralism, Ideology, Leadership, Means and Ends, Politics, Power, Progressive Politics, Socialism, UK Labour

Labour’s journey was over too. It had won an extraordinary victory on 1 May. The statistics of success were a mirror image of the failure of 1983, the election that had finally persuaded me to get involved. In 1983 Labour had lost by 144 seats, in 1997 it won by 179 seats: a shift of 323 seats in fourteen years. In 1983 the swing to the Conservatives had been 6 per cent, in 1997 the swing to Labour was 10.3 per cent. Tellingly, a Conservative lead of 8 per cent among skilled working-class voters had been turned into a Labour lead of 21 per cent.3 And most satisfying for me, 1.8 million Conservative voters in 1992 were estimated to have switched to Labour in 1997.

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