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John Smith's settlement? The work of the 1992-1993 Labour Party Trade Union Links Review Group

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)21
Number of pages46
JournalIndustrial Relations Journal
Issue number1
Early online date19 Feb 2016
DateAccepted/In press - 16 Nov 2015
DateE-pub ahead of print - 19 Feb 2016
DatePublished (current) - 9 Mar 2016


In this article, I examine the work of the 1992-1993 Labour party trade union links review group. I ask whether the measures it proposed amounted to a new, durable settlement which governed internal relationships within the party. I detail disagreements amongst trade unions over the format that parliamentary selections should take; I evaluate the demands for reform of the party-union link; I ask whether support for reform and for OMOV was falling in the early 1990s; I consider whether unions launched a ‘no say no pay campaign’ with regard to the Labour party; I assess how much restraint was demonstrated at this time by Labour’s affiliated unions; and I consider what might have been at stake in these debates more generally. I conclude that there was considerable antagonism in party-union relations during the early 1990s and that the work of the review group did not amount to an enduring settlement

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  • Labour party, trade unions, modernisation, parliamentary selections, leadership elections

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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wickham-Jones, M. (2016) John Smith's settlement? The work of the 1992–93 Labour Party—Trade Union Links Review Group. Industrial Relations Journal, 47: 21–45. , which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/irj.12124. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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