New Clause IV: From Renewal to Modernisation

  • Gerald R. Taylor


Tony Blair’s biographer, Jon Sopel, talks of the 1992 General Election as being a turning point in Blair’s life. His determination to make the party electable after 1992 made him appear ‘like a different man’ (Sopel, 128). Sopel sees this as the birth of the ‘modernisers’ led by Blair, ranged against the ‘traditionalists’ opposed to change. This division has been exemplified, if not necessarily resolved, by Blair’s dramatic reform of the Party’s constitution, and in particular its Clause IV.


Consultation Process Party Leadership Policy Review Labour Government Public Ownership 
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© Gerald R. Taylor 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald R. Taylor
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  1. 1.LSU College of Higher EducationSouthamptonUK

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