· 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…