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Crossing the floor : Reg Prentice and the crisis of British social democracy /
Geoff Horn.
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Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the United States exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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xii, 239 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0719088690 (hbk.), 9780719088698 (hbk.)
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imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the United States exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
isbn
0719088690 (hbk.)
9780719088698 (hbk.)
catalogue key
9030513
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-234) and index.
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Reg Prentice 8th October 1977. Courtesy of the Press Association
Summaries
Long Description
This new biography provides an account of the career of Reg Prentice, one of the most controversial yet neglected figures in modern British political history. Prentice remains the most high-profile politician to cross the floor of the House of Commons in the post-war period, and his defection was reflective of an important 'sea change' in British politics; the end of the post-war consensus and the beginnings of the Thatcher era.This book examines in detail the key events surrounding Prentice's transition from a front-line Labour politician, serving in the Wilson and Callaghan governments of 1974-79, through to his dramatic decision to join the Conservative Party of Margaret Thatcher. It specifically focuses on the shifting political climate in Britain during the 1970s, as the post-war settlement came under pressure from adverse economic conditions, militant trade unionism and an assertive New Left. Prentice's story provides an important case study on the crisis that afflicted social democracy, whilst highlighting the full extent of the divisions that emerged within the Labour Party and the underlying possibility of a realignment of British politics.This study represents a unique approach to political biography by offering students and academics an in-depth examination of the 1970s through the story of Prentice's political journey from left to right. It will be invaluable to anyone interested in the turbulent and transitional nature of British politics during a watershed period in recent history.
Long Description
This new biography provides an account of the career of Reg Prentice, one of the most controversial yet neglected figures in modern British political history. Prentice remains the most high-profile politician to cross the floor of the House of the Commons in the post-war period, and his defection was reflective of an important 'sea change' in British politics; the end of the post-war consensus and the beginnings of the Thatcher era.This book examines in detail the key events surrounding Prentice's transition from a front-line Labour politician, serving in the Wilson and Callaghan governments of 1974-79, through to his dramatic decision to join the Conservative Party of Margaret Thatcher. It specifically focuses on the shifting political climate in Britain during the 1970s, as the post-war settlement came under pressure from adverse economic conditions, militant trade unionism and an assertive New Left. Prentice's story provides an important case study on the crisis that afflicted social democracy, whilst highlighting the full extent of the divisions that emerged within the Labour Party and the underlying possibility of a realignment of British politics.This study represents a unique approach to political biography by offering students and academics an in-depth examination of the 1970s through the story of Prentice's political journey from left to right. It will be invaluable to anyone interested in the turbulent and transitional nature of British politics during a watershed period in recent history.
Main Description
Reg Prentice remains the most high-profile politician to cross the floor of the House of Commons in the post-war period. His defection reflected an important 'sea change' in British politics; the end of the post-war consensus and the beginnings of the Thatcher era. This book examines the key events surrounding Prentice's transition from a front-line Labour politician to a Conservative minister in the first Thatcher government. It focuses on the shifting political climate in Britain during the 1970s, as the post-war settlement came under pressure from adverse economic conditions, militant trade unionism and an assertive New Left. Prentice's story provides an important case study on the crisis that afflicted social democracy, highlighting Labour's left-right divide and the possibility of a realignment of British politics. This study will be invaluable to anyone interested in the turbulent and transitional nature of British politics during a watershed period.
Main Description
Reg Prentice remains the most high-profile politician to cross the floor of the House of the Commons in the post-war period. His defection reflected an important 'sea change' in British politics; the end of the post-war consensus and the beginnings of the Thatcher era. This book examines the key events surrounding Prentice's transition from a front-line Labour politician to a Conservative minister in the first Thatcher government. It focuses on the shifting political climate in Britain during the 1970s, as the post-war settlement came under pressure from adverse economic conditions, militant trade unionism and an assertive New Left. Prentice's story provides an important case study on the crisis that afflicted social democracy, highlighting Labour's left-right divide and the possibility of a realignment of British politics. This study will be invaluable to anyone interested in the turbulent and transitional nature of British politics during a watershed period.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Labour moderatep. 10
The rule of lawp. 30
Stand up and be countedp. 49
Cabinet Cassandrap. 71
Retribution in Newhamp. 96
Staging a fightbackp. 122
Anti-party manp. 147
Crossing the Rubiconp. 174
Conservative memberp. 203
Epiloguep. 223
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 235
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