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The way we were: 1963, Labour and the Conservatives both choose new leaders

Extracts from memoirs and diaries, chosen by Ian Irvine

By Ian Irvine   August 2016

twww_webOn 18th January, 1963. Tony Benn, Labour MP, writes in his diary: “Hugh Gaitskell died today after a terrific fight for his life over the last week or so… He was a divisive leader of the Party. He had a real civil servant’s mind—very little imagination and hardly any understanding of how people worked… it looks as if George Brown will succeed him and for a number of reasons he is totally unsuited to be Leader.”

Susan Crosland, wife of the leading Labour MP, Tony Crosland, writes in her memoir: “As is the…

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