Blog One Topic Choice by Tom Whitehead

For my oral history interview, I am planning on interviewing an older member of the Labour Party. My interview will focus around two key themes: firstly, their personal background and how they feel that influenced their decision to join the Labour party, if at all; and secondly, how they feel the nature of British socialism and attitudes towards class have changed, and if so the factors which caused those changes. I also plan on asking them questions about Labour’s time in Opposition in the 1980s and the rise of New Labour, but I will formulate those questions when I know who I am interviewing. For me, the main purpose of this interview is to gain a greater understanding of how older members of the Labour party see the relationship between Labour, socialism and class consciousness, as well as exploring how and why the party underwent the transformation to New Labour from an insider’s persective.

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