"There are some who say that we have nothing left to say, that we did all we had to do after 1945," exclaimed Opposition Leader Hugh Gaitskell, his wiry hair flying, his sharply whittled nose pecking the air with indignation. Before him in Scarborough's Spa Grand Hall, some 1,500 Labor Party delegates sat in somber conclave last week for what all presumed would be their last annual conference before a general election in the spring.

Only a year ago the Tory government of Harold Macmillan was losing one by-election after another, and Labor felt certain of its return to power....

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