The files comprise correspondence with members of the group, pamphlets and cuttings about the Labour party, copies of speeches, and notes.
Labour Party and Gower street group
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- ReferenceGB 1832 CRCK3/6
- Dates of Creation1983-1985
- Physical Description7 files
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Gower Street group was initially established as a think-tank to look at contemporary issues for the Labour Party in the early 1980s; their ideals, policy and strategy, and to produce memos. It was based in Bernard Crick’s offices in Gower Street, London. It subsequently became a forum for advising on major speeches by Neil Kinnock [later Baron Kinnock]. Members of the group included Sir Bernard Crick, Tessa Blackstone, Geoffrey Hodgson, Richard Hoggart, Bill Johnson, Jeremy Seabrook, and Martin Smith. Bernard Crick also then went onto work with his former student, David Blunkett looking at the values and aims of the Labour Party.