Volume 3. 1960-1969: Reforms Attempted
A Labour government came in, and in 1967 gained the majority needed to embark on bold legislation. But it feared interference, so comprehensive plans were backed for changing the whole complexion of two-chamber politics. Led by Lord Shackleton and the intellectual Richard Crossman, schemes were devised and inter-party talks got under way – at first in a spirit of cooperation. But had the party elites listened to their fiery back-benchers? When a bill was introduced into parliament, the scenes were unforgettable …
This volume tells not just the story, but reveals the intricate thinking of those who wanted to make a bicameral system work in the age of modern party politics.
Chapter 18: 1968. The Government White Paper
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1968. The Government White Paper
We now return to our narrative. The government informed the Opposition that it would be including the conclusions of the inter-party conference in its White Paper on reform. In the Lords, Shackleton contacted Carrington and in the Commons, Crossman got in touch with Heath.
The draft itself would be the work of Shackleton and Wheeler-Booth.
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