Welcome to the website


History, 1997 and All That Project website


The History, 1997 and All That project was started by Will Barber Taylor as part of the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme at the University of Warwick, designed to help students pursue research projects which they would not be otherwise able to complete.

This website is designed to help present the transcriptions from interviews which took place throughout 2021 as well as the analysis written by Will based on the project. The website also contains links to the Not A Day For Soundbites Podcast which was produced alongside the URSS project and examines some of the most interesting and important speeches given by members of the Labour Party.


Read the transcripts


Below you will be able to read the transcripts of the conversations that were carried out as apart of the History, 1997 and All That project. Each transcription has been approved by both participants and the interviewer as the official record of the conversation. The transcriptions provide a window not only into what happened during the campaign but also how the participants feel the Labour Party’s history has influenced it and help mould its direction.


Transcriptions below

Lord Kinnock

Click here to read the transcription of the conservation with former Labour Leader Neil Kinnock.

Sir David Hanson

Click here to read the transcription of the conversation with former Labour MP for Delyn and PPS to Tony Blair, Sir David Hanson.

Michael Foster

Click here to read the transcription of the conservation with former Labour MP for Worcester and Environment Minister, Michael Foster.

Hilary Benn MP

Click here to read the transcription of the conversation with former Labour minister Hilary Benn.


Read Will’s analysis here


In this section you can read Will’s analysis of the question – to what degree did History influence the Labour Party’s 1997 election campaign? Will’s analysis combines the result of the interviews that you can read above and work looking at primary and secondary written sources.

Will’s analysis will be available to view here soon once work has completed on the project.

Not A Day For Soundbites Podcast

The Not A Day For Soundbites Podcast was produced alongside the History, 1997 and All That project to help illustrate the way that iconic speeches made by Labour leaders were influenced not just by what happened when they were given but also the pasts of the leaders who made them and of the party itself.

You can listen to each episode of the podcast by clicking the links below.

Episode One: White Heat of Technology

This episode looks at Harold Wilson’s 1963 Labour Party Conference speech known as the “White Heat of Technology” speech. Listen to this episode here.

Episode Two: The Anti Militant Speech

This episode looks at Neil Kinnock’s 1986 Labour Party Conference speech in which Kinnock attacked the Militant tendency. You can listen to this episode here.

Episode Three: “Education, Education, Education”

This episode looks at Tony Blair’s 1996 Labour Party Conference speech known as the “Education, Education, Education” speech, known for Blair’s commitment to education if Labour were elected at the next election. This episode was specifically made in connection to the 1997, History and All That project. You can listen to this episode here.

Episode Four: “The Pound in Your Pocket”

This episode looks at Harold Wilson’s infamous 1967 speech announcing the devaluation of sterling, known as the “Pound in your pocket” speech. You can listen to this episode here.

Episode Five: “A Thousand Years of History”

This episode looks at Hugh Gaitskell’s 1962 speech arguing against Britain’s entry into the Common Market as it was then known. It also extensively explores Gaitskell’s political career and background. You can listen to this episode here.