Britain: Labor's Loss

Williams bolts in protest

For years she had been considered one of the British Labor Party's most brilliant frontbenchers, even a possible choice for Prime Minister. But last week Shirley Williams put her future on the line and bolted into uncharted political territory.

Protesting Labor's pronounced swing to the left, the former Education Secretary resigned from the party's national executive committee. Said she: "I believe the party I loved and worked for over so many years no longer exists." With other leading Laborites set to follow her out of the party early next month, Williams' defection set the stage for the...

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