Lord Owen discusses Labour’s 2015 leadership elections and media speculation that it could lead to an SDP-style split in an interview on BBC Newsnight. View the interview, from around 16’50” in the programme, here.
Please note, access is time-limited by the BBC, expires approx 17 August.
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.