Bill Rodgers warning for those MPs who might leave Labour

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2018 by kmflett

Bill Rodgers became a Labour MP in 1962, went on to be a Labour Minister and was one of the ‘Gang of Four’ senior Labour figures who led the 1981 SDP split. He lost his Stockton seat in the 1983 General Election and went on to become Liberal  Democrat leader in the Lords.

Rodgers who was associated with the Campaign for Democratic Socialism in the early 1960s was a key figure on the Labour right and a vociferous opponent of CND. He was nevertheless (or depending on your perspective because of that) a formidable political figure.

On the 35th anniversary of the Limehouse Declaration which led to the SDP he told the New Statesman this about leaving Labour and what it meant:

“It’s very difficult, it’s very painful, to leave,” he continues. “I could have stayed for ever as MP for Stockton-on-Tees. My people didn’t understand. They said ‘Bill, your seat’s safe, I’m supporting you, why do you have to leave?’ It’s incredibly painful.”


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