STATEMENT ISSUED BY LORD DAVID OWEN, SATURDAY 1 MARCH 2014 ON THE LABOUR PARTY SPECIAL CONFERENCE DECISION TO REFORM THE VOTING SYSTEM FOR THE LABOUR PARTY LEADER
“This is a brave and bold reform by Ed Miliband and one I strenuously argued for as a Labour MP at the special conference on Saturday, 25 January 1981. This very desirable change, nevertheless, threatens to weaken Labour’s financial support at a critical time when I and many others are hoping to see the Party produce a plan for Government from May of next year to rescue our NHS. Saving the NHS is my main political priority and I suspect that of many others. To help Labour reverse the 2012 NHS legislation without yet another major reorganization, I have made a declarable contribution of over £7,500 to Labour funds. Unless there is a change of Government the NHS in England will be completely destroyed by 2020.
I want to support Labour but also value my independence. I have informed the Convenor of the Crossbenchers in the House of Lords of this. I will continue to sit, as allowed under their rules, on the Crossbenches as I have done from 1992. However, since I can no longer be called a Crossbencher under their rules, I will now be an independent Social Democrat.”
Cabinet boss must not decide on Iraq papers, says Owen: Former Foreign Secretary demands Sir Jeremy Heywood is stripped of responsibility because he worked closely with Tony Blair…
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Ten years after the start of the Iraq war we are still waiting for the Iraq Inquiry report chaired by Sir John Chilcot. Almost beyond belief the Inquiry is being prevented from revealing extracts that they believe relevant from exchanges between President Bush and Prime Minister Blair. They are a specially appointed group of Privy Councillors made for the purpose by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. They were chosen after discussion with Peter Mandelson and Tony Blair.
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Article by Lord Owen, published in The Telegraph, 8 April 2013
Margaret Thatcher: they underrated her, and always paid the price
Mrs Thatcher was not regarded as much of a threat by the Labour Party when she became Conservative leader in 1975
Not many people in 1975 believed that Margaret Thatcher would be as serious a threat to Labour as she became. Barbara Castle, however, sensed immediately that she was a star: “She has lent herself with grace and charm to every piece of photographers’ gimmickry, but don’t we all when the prize is big enough?… She is in love; in love with power, success and with herself… If we have to have Tories, good luck to her…”
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Speech by Lord Owen at the `Way With Words’ Festival
Dartington, Sunday 10 July 2011
The present Coalition Government that emerged after a few days negotiation owed almost everything to the openness and generosity of the speech that David Cameron made on the Friday once he realised he had lost the General Election. It was the surprising nature of his words that made it possible for Liberal Democrats to set aside merely supporting a Queen’s Speech of any party that had both a majority of the seats and a majority of the votes and instead actually become part of a Conservative-led coalition government. To read the full speech please click here
Speech by Lord Owen: Learning From Oppostion. How Does Labour Avoid The Mistakes of The Past
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“31:51:81” Progress Meeting with Political Historians, Monday, 16 May 2011
CentreForum debate to mark the 30th anniversary of the formation of the SDP, Monday, 22 March 2011
A Message from David Owen
I wish I could have been with you to hear and contribute to the debate but I am in Germany.
I genuinely believe that all of us who were in the SDP can in our individual ways justly claim to be its heirs. No one political party, member of one of the existing parties, or those who never joined another political party after the demise of the SDP can claim exclusivity. And the reason I believe is that we never really succeeded in achieving an uncontested definition of what the modern social democratic party was. This was both a weakness and a strength during the political turbulence of the 1980s.