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By P. Deveney

An account of the way one Labour occasion flesh presser, after affliction the most important setback of his political occupation, used the anti-Vietnam battle demonstrations in Grosvenor sq., the conflict over exchange union reform and the worries in Northern eire to propel himself to No 10.

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Even George Brown, who by that time had resigned in anger from the Cabinet and returned to the backbenches, had been slightly above Callaghan in popularity. The extent of Callaghan’s fall from grace was even more startling among Labour Party supporters. In that category, the new Chancellor managed to maintain his impressive 53 (Manchester) Guardian Archive, C5/334. Note of a discussion between Hetherington and Crossman, 21 March 1968. 54 NOP Bulletin, April 1968. 55 On the surface, the polls were early evidence that Jenkins’s consolidation of his new position had been swift and impressive.

105 At the Labour Party conference that autumn, Castle surprised the conference, and certainly must have surprised Callaghan, by getting re-elected to the National Executive with the biggest vote in the constituency section, even though she had been under attack a day earlier for the government’s incomes policy. On the other hand, although Callaghan had won re-election as treasurer that year, he had had to do it without the support of Britain’s biggest trade union, the TGWU. The paths of Callaghan and Castle did not really cross until January 1969, simply because their legislative concerns and agendas were so different.

For weeks the press, in particular The Times and the Guardian, published story after story warning that groups of anarchists were determined to cause serious trouble. There 64 NOP Bulletin, March 1968. PRO, HO 376/74. Minutes of a meeting at the Home Office between the Secretary of State and the Lord Chancellor, 3 January 1968. 66 Ibid. 67 Interview with Sir Brian Cubbon, 19 June 2003. 68 Interview with Jack Jones, 18 June 2003. 69 Richard Crossman, The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister, Vol. III 1968–1970 (London, 1977), p.

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