The Militant Tendency and Liverpool City Council’s fight to save ‘jobs and services’, 1983–86
in We shall not be moved
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The experience of unprecedented large-scale urban unrest in Toxteth, the lingering economic deterioration of the city and surrounding region, the excessive rate of joblessness, and most importantly the mandate from the Thatcher government for local authorities to make drastic budgetary cuts, helps explain the public support at this time for the emergence of the radical far-left in local Liverpool politics. Chapter 6 examines in detail how Liverpool voters came to support the revolutionary left through electing a Trotskyist faction in the local Labour Party, known as the Militant Tendency, as the new majority in the Liverpool City Council. This chapter examines the reasons why Liverpool’s working-class flirted with political radicalism and shunned its traditional partners in mainstream Labour Party politics.

We shall not be moved

How Liverpool’s working class fought redundancies, closures and cuts in the age of Thatcher


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