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By Leonard P. Stark;

ISBN-10: 0333639286

ISBN-13: 9780333639283

This examine comprises info and insights right into a poorly-understood political phenomenon - contests for occasion management. It describes the usually sour struggles over management choice that have plagued the Conservative, Labour, Liberal, Social Democratic and Liberal Democrat events. in accordance with large interviewing with former celebration leaders, and cautious research of management contests in every one celebration, the e-book concludes that management choice principles not often have an effect on who stands for celebration management or who wins the contests.

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That autumn the left was angered by Gaitskell's resistance to Conference's approval of unilateral nuclear disarmament. Anthony Greenwood quit the shadow cabinet in order to stand as the champion of 40 Choosing a Leader Conference decisions against the disobedient Gaitskell. With a leadership contest inevitable, Harold Wilson decided to challenge Gaitskell, forcing Greenwood to pull out. 17 '[I]t was the most miserable decision I have ever had to take', Wilson said at the end of his long political career.

Foot was also the last leader to be elected solely by MPs. His successors, Neil Kinnock, John Smith, and Tony Blair, were chosen by the electoral college. The office Blair inherited has generally had far greater job security than the Conservative leadership. There were ten Labour leaders between 1922, when Labour eclipsed the Liberals to become the alternative party of government, and 1994, when Blair took over. Four leaders decided on their own when to resign: Henderson, Attlee, Wilson, and Callaghan.

61 Such praise provoked Macleod to break the silence he had maintained since his resignation. Macleod reviewed Churchill's book for the Spectator, the political magazine whose editorship he had assumed after leaving the government. His article, 'The Tory Leadership', had a tremendous impact, both because it introduced the phrase 'magic circle' and because it was more widely believed than Churchill's description of events. 63 This confusion was relegated to obscurity until the October general election.

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