Labour went into the 1959 election with a moderate series of proposals for nationalisation. It pledged itself to restore public ownership to the Steel industry and to Road Haulage. Perhaps its most fundamentalist proposal was to take into local-council ownership all existing private housing that had been rent-controlled before 1 January 1956.1 Apart from this, no further specific extension of public ownership was called for, although there was a generalised statement to the effect that ‘where an industry is shown, after thorough enquiry, to be failing the nation we reserve the right to take all or any part of it into public ownership if this is necessary’.2
KeywordsTrade Union Public Ownership Labour Party Defence Policy Constitutional Amendment
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