Category: Publishing Chapters

Manchester Town Hall with words 'Splits on the Left'

Chapter 12, Splits on the Left, is now online

As the title suggests, this chapter mostly covers the conflict, splits and deals between different parts of the Labour Group on the Council and the City Labour Party in the period 1988 to 1992.

Composite head shots of Margaret Thatcher, Neil Kinnock and David Steel with a map showing the seats won by each political party and the year 1987 over the top

1987 A Terrible Year now online

Labour lost 9 council seats in the May 1987 local elections. Budget decisions were made for 1987/88 in the optimistic hope that a Labour government would win a general election, but when this was called in June 1987, Thatcher disappointingly won a third term…

Chapter 9 about Poundswick Graffiti in 1985 now online

An incident in 1985 of graffiti by a group of pupils and ex-pupils at Poundswick High School, in Wythenshawe, triggered a series of events leading to strike action in schools...

Chapter 5 on Equal Opportunities has been updated

I’ve done some more editing of chapter 5. It hasn’t changed significantly, but I have altered some of the sub-headings and changed the formatting of the footnotes to fit with...

Chapter 3, Abolishing the Lord Mayor, is ready on the website

I have sorted out this chapter out of order because I thought it was one that might have more general appeal (and because it was a bit easier). It has...

Chapter 1 Manchester’s Labour Party from 1964 to 1984 is edited and on the website

I finished editing chapter 1 last night, and putting it as a page on the site. You can read it here: http://manchester1984.uk/chapters/section-1/chapter-1/ I didn’t have time to add a blog...

Chapter 5, Equal Opportunities, is now on the website

The bitterest battles between the left and right-wings of the Manchester Labour Party were fought over implementing the Equal Opportunities policy. Whilst some of the older right-wing male councillors were...

Chapter 4, Tackling the Bureaucracy, is now on the website

The new leadership from May 1984 recognised that in order to achieve the radical changes they wanted to see, the whole nature of the council bureaucracy would have to change....