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Talk - New Dawn? The 1997 general election

1997 represented a dramatic turnaround for a party out of office since 1979. Some say that to win, Blair transformed Labour out of all recognition. Others counter that the party had no alternative but to become ‘New Labour’ and that under Blair it remained true to its historic mission of making society fairer. This talk by Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham, reflects on some of the issues raised by the election, many of which remain relevant today.

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