The Labour Party 1951 – 64
· period of infighting
· Despite having in their leader Hugh Gaitskell, one of the finest politicians and leaders of his age, the party was arguing internally
· Under Attlee and Bevin, the Labour Party had been able to rely on the support of the trade unions, especially when pushing through policies at party conference
· Once Attlee resigned the party began to split between the left and right wings.
· For those on the left, the party should be a fully fledged socialist party, and the Attlee reforms should have been nothing more than the start to building a truly socialist Britain.
· The left was led by Bevan (Called Bevanites.) They were strongly influenced by communists.
· Many, such as Michael Foot, believed in unilateralism
· Mixed in were also divisions between ex public school boys such as Anthony Crossman and a new breed of grammar school educated members such as Harold Wilson and Barbara Castle.
· The right was centred around Gaitskell and Morrison was a member of the moderate centre right of the party who wanted to limit trade union influence and keep the special relationship with the USA, protect the political consensus.
· He was supported by a new brigade such as Roy Jenkins.