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eBook Faces of Labour: The Inside Stories (Haymarket) epub
  • ISBN: 1859849687
  • Author: Andy McSmith
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Historical
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Verso (November 17, 1996)
  • Pages: 394 pages
  • ePUB size: 1451 kb
  • FB2 size 1164 kb
  • Formats docx lrf doc lit


In Faces of Labour Andy McSmith brings an expert eye to bear on the enormous changes Labour has undergone on the long road back to Number 10. A former party press officer and now a political correspondent for the Observer, few people are better qualified than Andy McSmith.

McSmith describes the transition from a party dominated by the radical left into a social democratic party.

McSmith's book deserves study for what it says both about Labour's long years of opposition and about the .

McSmith's book deserves study for what it says both about Labour's long years of opposition and about the party's startling leap to unprecedented favour. -Gerald Kaufman, Times Literary Supplement. The real revelation comes from comparing the chapters on Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair. -Roy Hattersley, The Guardian. Updated since the May 1997 election, this book gives an insight into a range of Labour politicans - including, Tony Blair, John Prescott, Peter Mandelson and Clare Short - in a series of portraits. See all Product description.

Andy McSmith is a freelance English journalist.

John Rentoul, The Independent "McSmith's book deserves study for what it says both about Labour's long years of opposition and about the party's startling leap to. .

John Rentoul, The Independent "McSmith's book deserves study for what it says both about Labour's long years of opposition and about the party's startling leap to unprecedented favour. Gerald Kaufman, Times Literary Supplement "The real revelation comes from comparing the chapters on Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair. Roy Hattersley, The Guardian "A fascinating insight.

Author:-Andy McSmith. Title:-Faces of Labour: The Inside Story. Andy McSmith is a former chief press officer of the Labour Party. He has worked as a political correspondent for the Daily Mirror and is currently Senior Political Correspondent for the Observer. Genre:-Biography, Historical, Britain. Read full description. His previous books are John Smith: A Life and Kenneth Clarke: A Political Biography.

The Inside Story (Haymarket). Published September 1996 by Verso. Biography, Labour Party (Great Britain), Politicians, Politics and government.

The Labour Party is poised to take over the reins of Britain's government at the next election. McSmith focuses on key individuals in the party whose careers cast a complex story into sharp relief.

Faces of Labour: The Inside Story. John Smith, QC, a barrister from Argyll, took office as leader of the Labour Party on 18 July 1992, after a leadership election which was virually no contest. With a substantial lead in the opinion polls, the Labour Party looks set to take over the reins of Britain's government within a year. Ironically, just at the point when Labour appears to be . More). It has taken him a long time.

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As well as journalistic career that has included spells as chief political correspondent for the Observer and Daily Telegraph and his current role as senior writer for the Independent, Andy McSmith is the author of five books: biographies of John Smith and Kenneth Clarke, a collection of short biographies called Faces of Labour, and a novel, Innocent in the House. His latest book, just out in paperback from Constable, is No Such Thing as Society – a history of Britain in the 1980s.

With a substantial lead in the opinion polls, the Labour Party looks set to take over the reins of Britain‘s government within a year. Ironically, just at the point when Labour appears to be a government-in-waiting, it has never been more difficult to judge exactly what we can expect from Labour in government. New slogans and buzz words appear on almost a daily basis, as the Labour Party continues to redefine itself after two decades in opposition. In this analysis, Andy McSmith brings an expert eye to bear on the enormous changes Labour has undergone on the long road back to Number 10. A former press officer and now a political correspondent for the Observer, Andy McSmith gives an account—both as an insider and as a critical observer—of what is really going on in the Labour Party. McSmith describes the transition from a party dominated by the radical left into a social democratic party. He reassesses the tensions between Old and New Labour, focusing on individuals whose careers throw different aspects of a complex story into sharp relief. McSmith gives his account of the key figures in the Labour hierarchy, including: Peter Mandelson—the man described as Tony Blair‘s Rasputin; John Prescott; Robin Cook; Clare Short; and, of course, Tony Blair himself. He also looks at those on the underside of the party—figures such as Ted Grant—guru of the Militant Tendency; and the late Jim Murray, a Tyneside shop steward who, by combination of pure chance and the power of the block vote, once held the future of Labour in his hands. Andy McSmith is the author of John Smith: A Life 1938–94 and Kenneth Clarke: A Political Biography.
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