A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, October 03, 2011

NEC Report

My NEC report on conference is now online at Labourlist:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We really need to start showing some respect for all our former leaders, particularly if they are ones who won three general elections"

It is true that Labour won three elections under Blair's leadership.
However, that is not the same as saying that Labour could not have won under someone else's leadership. Even Kinnock would have really had his work cut out to lose the 1997 election!

11:15 am, October 03, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, Foot would have found it hard to lose *that* one :))

12:42 am, October 04, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that that third election victory needs to be put into context. Labour's share of the vote was below 1979 when it lost decisively.

Labour's vote tally was just 9.55 million. By contrast, in the disastrous defeat of 1987, Labour managed to poll 10 million votes.

So it is important to bear these facts in mind when assessing Blair's electoral success.

9:59 am, October 04, 2011


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