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Way With Words Speech: Coalition

Speech by Lord Owen at the `Way With Words’ Festival

Dartington, Sunday 10 July 2011

‘THE COALITION’

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 Opposition

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

30 years on from the SDP

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.

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