BRITAIN: Getting a Foot in the Door

The deeply split Labor Party elects a leftist unifier

It was a surprising switch of political allegiances that illustrated a desperate search for some semblance of party unity. Last week the moderate old guard of the British Labor Party suddenly turned and joined the aggressive left wing to elevate Michael Foot, 67, to the post of party leader to succeed James Callaghan. Foot handily defeated Denis Healey, 63, the party's right-wing standardbearer, by a vote of 139 to 129 in a poll of Labor Members of Parliament. A militant socialist, Foot is not only...

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