ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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UNITED KINGDOM-Left Realignment within Labour

Left Realignment within Labour Michael Jacobs THE annual conference of the British labour Party, held earlier this month in the south-coast resort of Bournemouth, turned into a triumph for Neil Kinnock, the party leader. In two speeches which stunned delegates with their power and directness, he turned Labour firmly against the Trotskyist Militant faction and the 'hard' Left associated with the Miners' president Arthur Scargill, and set the Party's sights clearly on victory at the next general election. Labour's right wing, and a grateful Press, hailed Kinnock's performance as a 'historic' turning point in Labour's fortunes, welcoming his apparent shift to the right. But the leader's personal success may in fact disguise the beginnings of a move in the opposite direction, with the influence of the Party's "soft" Lett strengthened.

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