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Labour, Wilson and his
disunited cabinet 1964-
Cabinet: a collection of senior ministers who are chosen
by the prime minister.…read more

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Key figures in the Labour cabinet
· Roy Jenkins: The Home Secretary who
"liberalised" (loosened) restrictions on
abortion, homosexuality and on divorce.
He is the politician most associated with
the "permissive society".…read more

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Key figures in the Labour cabinet
· Barbara Castle: The Employment
Minister suggested "In Place of
Strife", a proposal that would limit
trade union power. These proposals
divided the cabinet.…read more

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In Place of Strife
· There were over 2.7 million working days lost to
strikes in 1967 and 2,116 disputes between employers
and unions (unions represent workers).
· In 1969 these figures had risen to 6.8 million working
days lost and 3,116 disputes.
· Castle proposed a "cooling off period", forcing
employers and employees to negotiate before strikes
were called.
· She also proposed restricting "unofficial strikes".
These were "surprise" strikes called by groups
workers who had not sought approval from unions or
union members.
· The proposals were never introduced.…read more

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Key figures in the Labour cabinet
· Harold Wilson was wary of the Treasury
department, which controlled the
country's money.
· He thought it was packed full of public
school Civil Servants who were not
sympathetic to Labour.
· He created the Department of Economic
Affairs as a rival to the Treasury and
appointed George Brown to lead it.…read more

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Economic Problems
· George Brown soon found he could do
little outside of the treasury to improve
the economy.
· He was also a drunk.
· By 1967, Britain faced a severe Balance
of Payments crisis.
· This is when exports (things you sell)
are less than imports (things you buy).…read more

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