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Old Labour
Old Labour was prominent until the 1980s when the Labour party spent the whole decade as
opposition. They have a number of fundamental principles

Richer in society tended to want lower taxes, and protect private property. The poorer in society
tended to want better working conditions, better…

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Thatcherism and New right Conservatism
Thatcherism or New right Convertism was a new type of Convertism based on the ideas of the leader
of the Tory Party Margret Thatcher.

A key belief of the New right was the belief that there was too much regulation and state
interference of…

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After the Defeats and the time in opposition to Mrs Thatcher a new breed of Labour activists began
to emerge. They believed in the "Third Way." Their policies were not traditional Labour but kept to
their values. But instead something in between Thatcherism and Traditional Labour.

New Labour had…

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where most needed, create incentives for people to get low paid jobs and employment and
persuade them to get a job permanently and get out of poverty

Constitutional reform
In 1997 Labour introduced major constitutional reform. Examples of this include Devolution, Freedom
of Information, and the idea of electoral reform…

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The Tory's believe there is too much government interfering with businesses, industry and in
people's lives. They blame the EU as the largest culprit of this.

Reduce Taxation where possible
Modern Tories retain this historic policy but accept that due to the large government debt there is a
need to…

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communities creating and running their own schools under the "free schools" plan and the creation of
Academies which allows schools to break free of local council control.

Traditional conservatives have believed that Environment should not be the biggest priority and that
there should be no over regulation. However Cameron…

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Old Sir


This interesting and useful analysis concentrates on the Conservative and Labour parties. There are a fair number of arguable generalisations, but students looking for a resource which helps to distinguish between these 'big two' simply and effectively will find this valuable. However, it would also be important to be aware of post 1945 consensus between the 'big two' and the context within which it developed. Additionally, students should look at the development and influence of the Liberal democrat party up to and including the 2010 coalition.

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