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From the archives: Roy Jenkins arguing in favour of the SDP-Liberal merger

One from the archives: Roy Jenkins speaking in favour of the SDP merging with the Liberal Party in 1988, with a jibe at Danny Finkelstein along the way.

Behind Jenkins is what was usual in those days, but is now extremely rare: a platform behind not containing a minimalist presence, but rather a mass of different people taking up the “important” seats:

The video is from Gwynoro Jones, whose own speech follows that of Roy Jenkins.

For more on the history of the SDP and the merger with the Liberal Party, see Drawing for Social Democracy: an interview with the SDP’s cartoonist and The Alliance: a chronology.

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