Kinnock’s Reforms

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·         Kinnock’s Reforms

·         Neil Kinnock replaced Michael Foot as leader of the Labour Party in 1983.

·          He acknowledged that strong left wing policies were not going to win Labour an election, so he set about unifying the party and expelling radicals, such as the Militant Tendency.

·         His first problem as leader was to confront the problems caused by the Miner’s Strike.

·         Personally Kinnock detested Scargill, but he had sympathy with the miners, even though he found their tactics idiotic.

·         Kinnock did his best not to commit to one side or the other and in public stood up for the rule of law and democracy.

·         He was equally embarrassed by Militant Tendency and especially the leader of Liverpool


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