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Book review: Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life by John Campbell

How would the “best prime minister we never had” have judged the record of New Labour? Positively.

By Peter Mandelson   May 2014















Gang of Four: the founding members of the SDP (from left) William Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen in 1981

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