Limehouse Declaration

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The Limehouse Declaration was a statement issued on 25 January 1981 by four senior British Labour politicians, all MPs or former MPs and Cabinet Ministers: Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Bill Rodgers and Shirley Williams.[1] It became known as the Limehouse Declaration as it was made from David Owen's London home in Limehouse.[1]

In this document the so-called 'Gang of Four' signalled their intent to leave the Labour Party and form a Council for Social Democracy, as they felt the party had been taken over by the left-wing members.[2] This Council became the basis for the British Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The Gang of Four[edit]

The Gang of Four was made up of:


  1. ^ a b Ley, Shaun (January 12, 2011). "The legacy of the SDP's Gang of Four". BBC News. 
  2. ^ "Looking back on Limehouse". The Guardian. January 21, 2006. 

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