Kinnock, Militant and ‘The Speech of his Life’

Anthony Broxton

It was the speech that put Labour back on the long and often rocky road to government, but why did Neil Kinnock feel the need to take on the Militant Tendency back in 1985?

The Road to Bournemouth


The development of Militant as a political force is traced back to 1964, with the founding of the newspaper – The Militant. The ‘entryist’ group emerged from the Revolutionary Socialist League and its goal was to infiltrate the Labour party in order to bring about their radical political agenda. By 1975 Labour looked to deal with the issue of ‘entryism’ into the party in the Underhill Report – but the NEC voted against publishing the report and decided to take no further action.

After Labour’s defeat in 1979, Militant felt emboldened by the new changes in the party structure that had given greater power to the activist base. Early on in his premiership…

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