Unintended consequences? Splits from Labour 1981-2019
On Monday 26th January 1981 the ‘gang of four’ Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Bill Rodgers and Shirley Williams, then all current or ex- senior Labour MPs made the Limehouse Declaration and formed the Council for Social Democracy.
Ultimately they split from Labour to form the SDP which in due course became what is today the Liberal Democrats. It is worth noting that they were all much more significant and experienced political figures than those who split from Labour on February 18th
It is probably too soon to understand what the SDP means and meant historically (& likewise the countervailing trend that stayed in Labour- New Labour) which is a problem for those who might try in some way to launch an SDP Mark 2 in 2019. It could be argued that the main impact was not to launch a new ‘centre’ (or what would…
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