The first to be born in Wales was Neil Kinnock, who was elected in 1983. This is the front page of a set of procedural guidelines that would have been distributed to his ministerial team under his name, if his government had ever been formed - it has the initials NK at the bottom. It was two days before the General Election. He discarded the rhetoric of class warfare. [42] The following day's headline in The Sun was "It's The Sun Wot Won It", which Rupert Murdoch, many years later at his April 2012 appearance before the Leveson Inquiry, stated was both "tasteless and wrong" and led to the editor Kelvin MacKenzie receiving a reprimand. Neil Kinnock. Read about our approach to external linking. He went on to become the Vice-President of the European Commission under Romano Prodi from 1999–2004. At the end of October, it was announced that he would become a member of the House of Lords (intending to be a working peer), when he was able to leave his EU responsibilities. He was re-appointed to the Commission under new President Romano Prodi. Hugh Gaitskell (Life: 1906-1963. He returned as prime minister in 1974 and held Britain's first referendum on membership of the European Economic Community, as it was then called, in 1975. Quotations by Neil Kinnock, British Politician, Born March 28, 1942. In 1924, Ramsay MacDonald became the first ever Labour Prime Minister, leading a minority administration which lasted nine months. Republicans clash over impeachment as trial looms, Growing concern over Brazil coronavirus variant, The 69-year-old trolled for her 'too sexy' photos, Rise and fall of the Spanish state's secret fixer, .css-1snjdh1-IconContainer{display:none;height:0.875em;width:0.875em;vertical-align:-0.0625em;margin-right:0.25em;}Inside the world's richest esports player's mansion. He stressed economic growth, which had a much broader appeal to the middle-class than the idea of redistributing wealth to benefit the poor. He was almost immediately in serious difficulty as a result of Arthur Scargill's decision to lead his union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) into a national strike (in opposition to pit closures) without a nationwide ballot. He was finally elected as Labour Party leader on 2 October 1983, with 71% of the vote, and Roy Hattersley was elected as his deputy; their prospective partnership was considered to be a "dream ticket".[9]. Wilson’s lecturing style was punctuated with jokes. He hates me as well. He went on to the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire in Cardiff (now Cardiff University), where he graduated in 1965 with a degree in Industrial Relations and History. 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Briefing papers not 'verbose' enough to be revealed, Inside the world's richest esports player's mansion. During this second term of office on the Commission, he was responsible for introducing new staff regulations for EU officials, a significant feature of which was substantial salary cuts for everyone employed after 1 May 2004, reduced pension prospects for many others, and gradually worsening employment conditions. It is a document that was never used. [25] Significantly, Labour had gained twenty seats at the election.[26]. [28], The second period of Kinnock's leadership was dominated by his drive to reform the party's policies to gain office. Labour had gained four seats from the Conservatives in by-elections since the 1987 general election, having initially suffered disappointing results in some by-elections, namely a loss of the Govan constituency in Glasgow to the Scottish National Party in November 1988. Neil Kinnock served as the Member of Parliament from Islwyn in South Wales from 1970 until 1995. But the British politician whose words he … Neil Kinnock. [24] Labour was still more than ten percentage points behind the Conservatives, who retained a three-figure majority in the House of Commons. Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock says Jeremy Corbyn must back the renewal of the Trident missile system to avoid electoral defeat. This began with an exercise dubbed the policy review, the most high-profile aspect of which was a series of consultations with the public known as "Labour Listens" in the autumn of 1987.[29]. "No prime minister in Britain will ever be able to go to war without the endorsement of a majority of the House of Commons." [46], In 2011, he participated in the family history TV programme Coming Home where he discovered hitherto unknown information about his family. Kinnock was determined to move the party's political standing to a centrist position, in order to improve its chances of winning a future general election. Wilson’s lecturing style was punctuated with jokes. On a broader perspective, the traditional Labour voter was disappearing[citation needed] in the face of de-industrialisation that the Conservative government had accepted since 1979. [31], Michael Heseltine challenged Thatcher's leadership and she resigned on 28 November 1990 to be succeeded by then-Chancellor of the Exchequer, John Major. Kinnock has often referred to himself as a "unionist", he was controversially dismissive of Welsh identity, stating that "between the mid-sixteenth century and the mid-eighteenth century Wales had practically no history at all, and even before that it was the history of rural brigands who have been ennobled by being called princes". [citation needed]. The former Labour leader Neil Kinnock has privately warned party colleagues that backing a Brexit deal could be politically “lethal”, saying the prime minister must be made to “own” it. As a result, Labour faced the 1987 general election in some danger of finishing third in the popular vote, with the Conservatives once again expected to secure a comfortable victory. The violence built up because the single tactic chosen was that of mass picketing, and so we saw policing on a scale and with a system that has never been seen in Britain before. He has been married to Glenys Kinnock since March 25, 1967. [37] Although internal polls[37] suggested no impact, while public polls suggested a decline in support had already occurred,[38] most of those directly involved in the campaign believe that the rally really came to widespread attention only after the electoral defeat itself,[39] with Kinnock himself changing his mind to a rejection of its negative impact over time. Recognising that, we should stop Brexit to save the NHS – or, at very least, mitigate the damage by seeking European Economic Area membership.”[56], Kinnock met Glenys Kinnock (née Parry) in the early 1960s whilst studying at University College, Cardiff, where they were known as "the power and the glory" (Glenys the power), and they married on 25 March 1967. Who should have been Prime Minster but never got the chance? Shortly afterwards, he resigned as Leader of the Labour Party, being succeeded in the ensuing leadership election by John Smith. I suspect the answer is yes, and that the country would be a better place if he had become Prime Minister. Weekly quiz: What's the Sex and the City reboot called? Neil Kinnock, a 41-year-old Welshman who has never held ministerial office, was chosen tonight to lead the Labor Party by the party's annual conference. Coincidentally, at the same time, his son Stephen became head of the British Council branch in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kinnock himself later claimed to have half-expected his defeat at the 1992 general election and proceeded to turn himself into a media personality, hosting a chat show on BBC Wales and twice appearing on the topical panel show Have I Got News for You within a year of the defeat. [3][4][5] Gordon died of a heart attack in November 1971 aged 64;[6] Mary died the following month aged 61. On 26 April 2006, Kinnock was given a six-month driving ban after being found guilty of two speeding offences along the M4 motorway, west of London. Mandelson and his team had revolutionised Labour's communications – a transformation symbolised by a party election broadcast popularly known as "Kinnock: The Movie". He led Labour through its third election defeat when Margaret Thatcher won the 1987 general election, although Labour regained some seats. Bevan was considered and poetic. When heckled at a Labour Party rally for referring to the killing of David Wilkie as "an outrage", Kinnock lost his temper and accused the hecklers of "living like parasites off the struggle of the miners" and implied that Scargill had lied to the striking miners. Neil Kinnock LONDON: When he first ran for the White House in 1987, Joe Biden's candidacy was destroyed by a plagiarism row. Anyone under 30 might have been puzzled when Kellyanne Conway, the outgoing White House counselor, recently accused Joe Biden of serial plagiarism and … A version was first publicly disclosed in 1996, by the man who beat Lord Kinnock, Sir John Major. Overview. Wilson was the party leader and outgoing prime minister (1964-70; 1974-76) when Kinnock was elected to parliament. Kinnock led the Labour Party to a surprise fourth consecutive defeat at the 1992 general election, despite the party being ahead of John Major’s Conservative government in most opinion polls, which had predicted either a narrow Labour victory or a hung parliament. He did a lot to reform the Labour party and … The Conservatives' 1986 conference was well-managed, and effectively relaunched the Conservatives as a party of radical free-market economic liberalism. Neil Kinnock and Ronald Reagan 1987 Neil Kinnock never did become prime minister. In secret, Labour's aim was to secure second place in order to remain as Official Opposition.[22]. But he knew that to achieve office he had to show that he could build a relationship with America's president. The NUM was widely regarded as the labour movement's praetorian guard and the strike convulsed the Labour movement.[who?] He left the House of Commons in 1995 to become a European Commissioner. 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[11], All this meant that Kinnock had made plenty of enemies on the left-wing of the party by the time he was elected as leader, though a substantial number of former Bennites gave him strong support. He scribbled the notes from which he delivered the speech in the car on the way to the rally, and his voice was hoarse from campaigning. [citation needed] Kinnock focused on modernising the party, and upgrading its technical skills such as use of the media and keeping track of voters, while at the same time battling the Militants. Labour won extra seats in Scotland, Wales and Northern England, but lost ground particularly in Southern England and London, where the Conservatives still dominated. I am telling you, no matter how entertaining, how fulfilling to short-term egos – you can't play politics with people's jobs and with people's services or with their homes.[17]. The US president-elect says the nationwide vaccine rollout so far has been "a dismal failure". [32], Public reaction to Major's elevation was highly positive. [48] This came less than a year after the death of his successor, John Smith and the election of Tony Blair as the party's new leader.[49]. [1], Kinnock, an only child, was born in Tredegar, Wales. This made him disliked by many EU staff members, although the pressure on budgets that largely drove these changes had actually been imposed on the Commission from above by the Member States in Council. Neil Kinnock's showing in the opinion polls dipped; before Thatcher's resignation, Labour had been up to 10 points ahead of the Conservatives in the opinion polls (an Ipsos MORI poll in April 1990 had actually shown Labour as being more than 20 points ahead of the Conservatives), but many opinion polls were actually showing the Conservatives with a higher amount of support than Labour, in spite of the deepening recession. [44] Less expected was the Financial Times backing Kinnock at the 1992 general election. He now became one of the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission, with responsibility for Administrative Reform and the Audit, Linguistics and Logistics Directorates General. He was first elected to the House of Commons on 18 June 1970, and became a member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party in October 1978. You start with far-fetched resolutions. He scribbled the notes from which he delivered the speech in the car on the way to the rally, and his voice was hoarse from campaigning. © 2021 BBC. When his peerage was first announced, he said, "It will give me the opportunity... to contribute to the national debate on issues like higher education, research, Europe and foreign policy. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Ed Miliband's campaign for leadership of the Labour Party in 2010, and was reported as telling activists, when Miliband won, "We've got our party back" – although Miliband, like Kinnock, failed to lead the party back into government, and resigned after the Conservatives were re-elected with a slim majority in 2015. The Labour Party was also threatened by the rise of the Social Democratic Party/Liberal Alliance, which pulled out more centrist adherents. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Is now the time for Neil Kinnock’s Labour to take back power after over a decade in the wilderness? Kinnock had a long career in British politics, though like Biden to date, at least, he never reached the top position in government. Kinnock supported the aim of the strike – which he dubbed the "case for coal" – but, as an MP from a mining area, was bitterly critical of the tactics employed. [47], Kinnock was appointed one of the UK's two members of the European Commission, which he served first as Transport Commissioner under President Jacques Santer, in early 1995; marking the end of his 25 years in the House of Commons. A lot of why Neil Kinnock (Lord Kinnock) did not become PM is because of his South Wales Accent. He resigned unexpectedly in 1976. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. He was introduced to the House of Lords on 31 January 2005, after being created, on 28 January, Baron Kinnock, of Bedwellty in the County of Gwent. VideoInside the world's richest esports player's mansion.