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Publication date: 8th April 2013 by Professor Eric Evans, Dr Rosie Kennedy, Professor Stanley Henig, Professor Richard Grayson, Professor Keith Laybourn, Dr Daniel Todman, Dr Helen Parr &
Part 1. Politics, Reform and War
Social & Political Change in the UK 1800-present: Part 1. Politics, Reform and War

1964-79 - Reasons for the growing domestic problems under the Labour and Conservative Governments

In this podcast Professor Keith Laybourn of the University of Huddersfield discusses the key reasons for the growing domestic problems under the Labour and Conservative Governments 1964-79 and looks at the effectiveness of their response.

 

1. Introduction - unemployment and relative economic decline. The Pound devalued and IMF brought in.

 

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2. The introduction of the comprehensive system, new redbrick universities, Open Universities and Polytechnics.

 

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3. Challenges to the parties: Industrial disputes & the Industrial Relations Act.

 

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4. Labour offer a ‘social contract', social provisions in return for Unions to control their wage demands. IMF imposition of spending cuts, break down of relations between the Labour government and the Unions.

 

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5. A sense of decay brought about by a declining economy but also a sense of change and possibility. The rise of the youth generation: Censorship, Abortion, Gay Rights and the Pill.

 

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6. The Welfare State in a sentence...

 

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Suggested Reading:

Keith Laybourn, Modern Britain: 1906-1979 A Reader with introductory essays  (London, I. B. Tauris, 1999).

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