Labour and the EU. Before Corbyn there was Peter Shore

As the increasingly acrimonious Labour leadership contest cranks into motion, it might be interesting to have a look back at how Labour was in the early Seventies. In recent decades it’s been an article of faith in British politics that, broadly, Labour = pro-EU and the Tories = anti. Reductionists will ascribe that to Labour being welcoming of foreigners and different cultures, with Conservatives being, well rather more conservative. As ever, it’s a bit more complicated than that of course, but certainly in the 1960s and 70s to be on the left of the Labour party meant, broadly, to be anti the idea of joining the Common Market > European Community > EU. Peter Shore was one of the big beasts of the parliamentary Labour party and the Governments of Harold Wilson onward. So it might be a time to have a quick look back at a much-respected East End of London MP who was often a thorn in the side of Labour party leaders.

Peter Shore — Labour’s forgotten prophet

About John Rennie

Writing about East London history. Sub at Daily Express. Teaching journalism at City University London. One presented a TV show called the Unsellables and the BT Walletwatcher blog. West Ham fan. Native of Basildon
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