The Labour Government and Nuclear Weapons 1964–70

  • Lawrence Freedman


The Labour Party won the October 1964 general election after a campaign during which the Conservative Party had suggested that the future of the nuclear deterrent was at stake. Yet the Polaris programme survived the new Government, with the only slight concession to the anti-nuclear lobby being the cut of the planned force from five to four boats.


Nuclear Weapon Reactor Core Labour Party Ballistic Missile Cuban Missile Crisis 
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    Harold Macmillan, At the End of the Day (London: Macmillan, 1973),p. 363.Google Scholar
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    Richard Crossman, The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister, vol. 3 (London: Hamish Hamilton and Jonathan Cape, 1977) pp. 200, 325.Google Scholar

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© Royal Institute of International Affairs 1980

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