The Road Back to Power (1960–66)

  • Henry Pelling


The convalescence of the Labour Party after its malaise in 1960 was surprisingly rapid. The recovery of the invalid was due, in part, to Gaitskell’s success in consolidating his position within the party in 1961 and 1962; in part, to the emergence of new issues in national politics; and in part, to the failure of the Conservative government to deal effectively with these issues, some of which it had itself raised.


Prime Minister Short History Opinion Poll Servative Leader Economic Affair 
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Further Reading

  1. For interesting information on the way in which Gaitskell recovered control of the party in 1960–1, see K. Hindell and P. Williams, ‘Scarborough and Blackpool’, Political Quarterly, xxxiii (1962); L. D. Epstein, ‘Who Makes Party Policy?: British Labour 1960–61’, Midwest Journal of Political Science, vi (1962); and Lord Windlesham, Communication and Political Power (1966).Google Scholar
  2. D. E. Butler and Anthony King, The General Election of 1964 (1965), contains useful chapters on social and political change in the early 1960’s.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. For Harold Wilson, see Dudley Smith, Harold Wilson (1964),Google Scholar
  4. and Leslie Smith, Harold Wilson: The Authentic Portrait (1964). The latter, though uncritical, is more accurate on points of detail.Google Scholar

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© Henry Pelling 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Pelling
    • 1
  1. 1.St John’s CollegeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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