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New Left Review I/49, May-June 1968

Michael Foot

Credo of the Labour Left

What was your original political formation? What special influences were at work?

I was brought up in a liberal family, but when I went to Oxford in the year 1931 everybody was naturally obsessed with the whole economic crisis of the time and the student population was travelling fast leftwards. I didn’t travel so fast then, but immediately I left Oxford I went to work in Liverpool and it was my first intimate sight of industrial England. It was there that I joined the Labour Party. I joined the Left of the Party right from the beginning and I’ve stayed there ever since.

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