Labour’s Traditional Image: Support for a World Role

  • Geoffrey Lee Williams
  • Alan Lee Williams


The Labour government of 1945–51 had in no way violated continuity in British policy. Mr Attlee’s government pursued a traditional and well-established foreign policy. It was exactly this continuity, this foreign policy consensus, that the ‘utopian’ and ‘scientific socialist’ left wanted to break. In its view a socialist foreign policy would be fundamentally different from the one pursued by the Labour Cabinet.1


Foreign Policy Labour Movement Labour Party Collective Security Socialist Principle 
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Notes and References

  1. 3.
    Geoffrey Lee Williams, The Permanent Alliance: The European-American Partnership 1945–1984. Sijthoff, Leyden, 1977, p. 227.Google Scholar
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    Foreword by Philip Noel-Baker, in R. H. S. Crossman, Socialism and Foreign Policy. 1953, p. 31.Google Scholar
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    Paul Foot, The Politics of Harold Wilson. Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1968, p. 203.Google Scholar
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    A. Bevan, In Place of Fear. Davis-Poynte, 1952, p. 123.Google Scholar
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    Noel-Baker, Socialism and Foreign Policy. Socialist Union, 1951, p. 7.Google Scholar

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© Geoffrey Lee Williams and Alan Lee Williams 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Lee Williams
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alan Lee Williams
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.University of SurreyUK
  2. 2.The Institute of Economic and Political Studies (INSTEP)CambridgeUK
  3. 3.Toynbee HallUK
  4. 4.Parliament for HornchurchUK

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