The New Commanding Height: Labour Party Policy on North Sea Oil and Gas, 1964-74

  title={The New Commanding Height: Labour Party Policy on North Sea Oil and Gas, 1964-74},
  author={Richard Toye},
  journal={Contemporary British History},
  pages={118 - 89}
  • R. Toye
  • Published 1 March 2002
  • History, Political Science
  • Contemporary British History
This article examines the origins of the Labour Party's proposal, implemented by the 1974-79 Labour government, for 'majority public participation' in the development of North Sea oil and gas. It explores the activities of the party's North Sea study group in the late 1960s, and then looks at how party policy subsequently evolved in opposition, especially in reaction the 1973 fuel crisis. It is argued that the final policy, as enacted after 1974, had not been anticipated in detail by previous… 
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