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Jimmy ReidA Clyde-built man$
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W.W.J. Knox and Alan McKinlay

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620832

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620832.001.0001

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(p.223) 8 Reborn
Jimmy Reid

W.W.J. Knox

A. McKinlay

Liverpool University Press

A new decade, a new political affiliation? Chapter eight examines Reid’s growing disillusion of Labour, particularly Tony Blair’s New Labour. Reid objected to Labour’s lurch towards the political centre and, much like his positioning on the miners’ strike, he faced intense criticism of other members and supporters of the Labour party for voicing his opposition. In this final chapter, we reflect on the political contexts of New Labour before and after the 1997 general election, focussing on the particular events on which Reid was publicly vocal, as well as Reid’s exploration into other Scottish socialist organisations such as the Scottish Socialist Party and the Scottish Nationalist Party, of which he later became a member.

Keywords:   New Labour, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Scottish Socialist Party, Scottish National Party, Devolution

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