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A Conversation with Lord Kinnock, Leader of the Labour Party 1983-92

March 29, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


This event will mark the beginning of a new Contemporary History and Politics Research Group at York St John University. Lord Kinnock will talk with Dr James Cooper (Associate Professor of History and American Studies) and Dr Chris Kirkland (Lecturer in Politics) about his career at the frontline of British politics and the Labour Party’s – and, by extension, the country’s – past, present and future. Dr Anne-Marie Evans (interim Head of the School of Humanities) will introduce the event, welcoming Lord Kinnock and attendees to what will be a memorable, wide-ranging and informative occasion.

Lord Kinnock was first elected to the House of Commons in 1970. In addition to serving his constituency with distinction, he was Leader of the Labour Party and HM Opposition from 1983 until 1992. As Labour Leader, Lord Kinnock made an enormous contribution to British political life. He held the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major to account on issues that impacted national life and Britain’s role in the world. In the 1987 and 1992 general election, Lord Kinnock’s leadership saw Labour increase its electoral support and number of MPs, therefore ensuring that the Labour Party of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown has a strong foundation to achieve an electoral landslide in 1997. After stepping down as Labour Leader in 1992, Lord Kinnock served as a European Commissioner (1995-2004), including as a Vice-President of the European Commission (1999-2004). He remains an active contributor to, and an important voice in, the Labour Party and British politics more generally.


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