By the close of 1962 Gaitskell’s ascendancy in the Party was complete. His personal victory over unilateralism at the 1961 Annual Conference had established him as a national leader endowed with the politically attractive qualities of courage and determination. His failure to change the Party’s constitutional commitment to public ownership was either unknown or largely forgotten in the public mind and the Party as a whole was becoming increasingly identified with his particular brand of reformist, liberal social democracy.
KeywordsPrime Minister Political Debate Public Ownership Alternative Government Labour Party
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