Britain: Labor's Purge

A victory for moderation

The hecklers in the back of the gilded dance hall of Blackpool's Winter Garden Complex were, for the most part, uncharacteristically silent. The debate, Labor Party Leader Michael Foot, 69, coolly told his party's annual conference, was vital to Labor's chances of ousting the Conservative government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher is expected to call a general election by next fall, and Foot's warning did not go unheeded. After hours of impassioned speeches by partisans of left, right and center, the 1,229 delegates voted by an unexpectedly large ratio of more than 3 to 1...

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