British Political history 1945-90: consensus and conflict edexcel as- Labour in opposition, 1951-1964

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Labour in opposition, 19511964
Internal disputes ­raging despite having the extremely skilled Gaitskell as
party leader ­ Bevanites felt the party needed to go further towards a truly
socialist Britain ­ unilateralists and the CND opposed the nuclear deterrent
either as a waste of money that could be better spent on the needy or as a
bid to ensure the Soviets did not fall too far behind Western nuclear
development ­ this weakened the party as it caused disagreements over
the character of the party and was unpopular with the electorate
Stance against EEC membership ­ unpopular with electorate ­ not a
progressive image
Better Tory campaign ­ used economic recovery to their advantage
skilfully in propaganda ­ "Life is better with the Conservatives. Don't let
Labour ruin it." ­ Labour promised pension rises without explanation of
how it would be funded ­ public perception of rise in taxes

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