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Labour Party

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The Labour Party was one of the two dominant political parties (the other being the Conservative Party) in the United Kingdom during the 20th and 21st centuries. Several of its leaders had held the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

In October 1963, the Labour leader Harold Wilson made a speech in favour of science technology at a Scarborough conference of his party. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)

In 1964, Labour won the UK general election and Wilson succeeded Sir Alec Douglas-Home as Prime Minister. James Callaghan was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer. In the immediate aftermath of the election, General Peters led a military coup against Wilson's government. However, it was defeated by the Intrusion Countermeasures Group. (AUDIO: State of Emergency)

In 1965, Richard Crossman was another member of the Labour government. He served as the Minister for Housing and Local Government. (AUDIO: The Concrete Cage)

In later years, Wilson's position seemed untenable after the failures of the Wenley Moor nuclear research facility in October 1969 and the Inferno Project in February 1970 were publicised by James Stevens in his "Bad Science" series of articles.

Wilson called a general election for June 1970. The Labour Party lost and the Conservative leader Edward Heath became Prime Minister. Political observers speculated that the publication of the book version of "Bad Science" had coincided not-so-incidentally with the election. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)

By 1976, Labour was once again in government with Callaghan as Prime Minister. (AUDIO: The Oseidon Adventure) He served in that position until 1979, when he was succeeded by the Conservative Margaret Thatcher. (TV: Tooth and Claw)

On 9 June 1983, Labour lost the general election in a landslide to the ruling Conservative Party. (AUDIO: Rat Trap) The party was still out of office in 1987 while Thatcher remained Prime Minister. (TV: Father's Day)

Behind the scenes Edit

  • The Labour Party was represented by the red-coloured Drone Dalek in one of the three alternate covers of the 3-9 April 2010 edition of the Radio Times, promoting the 2010 redesign of the Daleks, known in-universe as the New Dalek Paradigm, which was introduced in Victory of the Daleks.
  • According to the BBC Classic Doctor Who website, in the early 1970s, the Liberal Jeremy Thorpe formed a coalition government after Tory and Socialist policies towards alien life drew people towards the Liberal and fringe parties. [1]

Footnotes Edit

  1. Party politics. BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide. Retrieved on 27 July 2013.

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