Instilling ‘responsibility’ in the young
in The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1

This chapter looks at the implications of the ‘generation gap’ for Labour and how members tried to bridge it. The party's various attempts to evoke a positive response among the young were usually based on a desire to engage with what was generally thought to be their interests. Before the 1959 general election, Labour established a Youth Commission, composed of progressive celebrities of the day like the footballer Jimmy Hill, which drafted proposals to meet the changing needs of the young. If this was principally meant to create favourable publicity, the creation of the Young Socialists in 1960 and the government's reduction of the voting age were more substantive initiatives.

The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1

Labour and cultural change

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