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New Left Review I/140, July-August 1983

Ken Livingstone

Why Labour Lost

Before discussing the post-electoral situation in Britain and its possible consequences for the Labour Party, I would like to ask you just one ‘personal’ question. Soon after you were elected Leader of the Greater London Council (glc) you spoke at a left-wing rally where you shared a platform with Ernest Mandel. Your self-introduction to that particular audience was somewhat unique. You informed us that you had joined the Labour Party in 1968. I was somewhat bemused listening to you since tens of thousands of us had been leaving the Labour Party in that period, what made you join at that precise moment in time? On the face of it your decision seems virtually inexplicable.

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