The Road Back to Power (1960–66)
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.
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- 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
- For Harold Wilson, see Dudley Smith, Harold Wilson (1964),Google Scholar
- and Leslie Smith, Harold Wilson: The Authentic Portrait (1964). The latter, though uncritical, is more accurate on points of detail.Google Scholar