• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why was labour so divided between1951-1964?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

George Biagi Why was labour so divided between1951-1964? It was after the 1951 elections, that labour started a long period of internal disputing, clash of ideology, personalities, disputes, principles and the future of the party's policy that lead the labour government to be so divided between 1951-1964. What really started the division within the labour government was Bevan's resignation over the health service charges in April 1951, this developed the Bevanites a subdivision within the Labour party that opposed the new more conservative policies of the new Labour party. This quickly escalated to a clash of personalities and a personal contest between Bevan and Gaitskell for the leadership of the party in succession of Atlee. ...read more.

Middle

Another factor that the Bevanites were concerned with was the relations with the United States; they felt that Britain was following too closely. While the rest of the party believed in the nuclear armament and that good foreign policy with the United States would benefit the British economy. Many confrontations kept happening and a party that has internal subdivisions could not possibly make a good opposition to the conservatives. The divisions within the cabin between the Bevanites and the Gaitskellites over the United States, NHS, rearmament and privatisation all of this reached the climax of Bevan's resignation in 1951. ...read more.

Conclusion

Gaitskell won overwhelmingly the battle because the other two candidates were inappropriate: Bevan was seen as unpredictable and was not trusted: Morrison was far too old for the job, this left Gaitskell as the uncontested party leader. So what really divided the party between 1951 and 1964 was the clash of personalities, leadership contest, the lack of cooperation with the party this lead to the lack of party policy and strategy, when the two leading party members were forced to resign in the early 50s. What really kept the party devided while the conservatives were in power were in office was the internal divisions and desputes between the Bevanites and the Gaitskellites over the party policy of the British nuclear detterent and the British - American relations. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Politics essays

  1. Why did the Conservatives remain in power from 1951 to 1964?

    He made it clear that there would be no attempt to repeal the 1946 Trade Union Act. He strongly supported the efforts of his self-effacing Minster of Labour, Sir Walter Monckton, to co-operate with the trade unions and avoid confrontation through policies of negotiation, arbitration and compromise.

  2. Analyse the transition from 'Old' Labour to 'New' Labour.

    This, along with the other changes in the role of the state, necessitated by the all-encompassing nature of the war, resulted in a massive shift in public opinion to the left and for a more active state. The post-war Labour manifesto, Let us face the future, proposed widespread nationalisation, a

  1. Is New Labour a Conservative Party?

    The Conservatives knew that the policies the electorate rejected had to be changed. Politicians like Harold Macmillian played a significant role in reshaping Conservative policies, also, continuing with Keynesian demand management to manage the economy. Between 1951 and 1964, the conservative governments largely accepted many of Labour's main policies.

  2. The divided conservatives.

    the conservative party are made up already of like-minded individuals who have similar views on political matters.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work