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Archives for 1994

The Queens 1994 Christmas Message

This is the official video transcript of Queen Elizabeth II’s 1994 Christmas Message to the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s 1994 Christmas Message to the Commonwealth.


[The Royal Coat of Arms. Caption “Her Majesty the Queen”. Caption “From Sandringham”]

[Archive VT of the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of D-Day. Caption “6th June 1994”. D-Day veterans march past Her Majesty to the tune of Colonel Bogey.] [Read more…]

Clause IV Of The UK Labour Party Constitution – 1994

This is Clause IV of the UK Labour Party’s Constitution.

First drafted in 1918, the Clause was significantly amended in 1995.

Clause IV of the UK Labour Party Constitution.

* * * * * CLAUSE IV PROFILE * * * * * [Read more…]

UK Labour Party Shadow Cabinet – 1994

This is the UK Labour Party’s shadow cabinet, as appointed in October 1994.

  1. Tony Blair

  2. John Prescott
    Deputy Leader

  3. Robin Cook
    Foreign Affairs

  4. Margaret Beckett

  5. Gordon Brown
    Treasury and Economic Affairs

  6. Donald Dewar
    Social Security

  7. Harriet Harman

  8. Andrew Smith
    Chief Secretary to Treasury

  9. Frank Dobson
    Environment and London

  10. George Robertson

  11. Mo Mowlam
    Northern Ireland

  12. Chris Smith
    National Heritage

  13. Jack Cunningham
    Trade and Industry

  14. Michael Meacher

  15. Ron Davies

  16. David Clark

  17. Jack Straw
    Home Affairs

  18. David Blunkett

  19. Joan Lestor
    Overseas Development

  20. Gavin Strang

  21. Ann Taylor
    Shadow Commons Leader, Citizens Charter

John Major: Speech To Conservative Party Conference

This is the text of Prime Minister John Major’s speech to the Conservative Party conference.

Prime Minister John Major speech to Conservative Party conference.

Well I’m glad you came!

Shall I tell you what I felt when I first used to come to this conference and I sat down there, where you are at the moment? I used to sit there and I used to wait, and I used to look up at this platform up here, that great barrier that we used to have between the people who lead this party and the people out here who work for this party, and you know what it looked like to me? It looked just like the politburo at Vladivostok.

So this year we’ve decided to change, to lower that barrier and get nearer to you, the people who make the Conservative Party work up and down the country.

And there’s a message in that for all of us: we now have to get closer to the people who vote for this party, and help make this country what it is, from one end to the other.

Mr. President, the political landscape has changed in the last few years, and it’s changed again in the last few months. The language of politics is now Conservative language. With every speech and every copied aspiration, the Labour Party finally admit how wrong they’ve been for so long, and how right we have been. [Read more…]

Tony Blair’s New Labour Vision – 1994

This is the text of Opposition Leader Tony Blair’s speech on New Labour, given to the Labour Party conference in Blackpool.

This was Blair’s first party conference since assuming the leadership in July 1994, and his first major speech articulating his vision of New Labour.

Speech by Tony Blair to the Labour Party Conference 1994.


Today I set out my vision for our party and our country: what we are; where we stand; how we will govern. [Read more…]

Paul Keating Speech To 1994 ALP National Conference

This is the speech delivered by Prime Minister Paul Keating to the ALP National Conference, in Hobart, on September 26, 1994.

The speech took place mid-way through the government’s term, following Keating’s surprise victory in the 1993 federal election. [Read more…]

Labour Party Political Broadcast – 1994

This is the script of a Labour Party political broadcast in 1994, a few months after Tony Blair was elected leader of the party.

Script of Labour Party political broadcast.


[Opening shot: Time-lapse photography of the sun rising over the Palace of Westminster] [Read more…]

John Major’s Cabinet – July 1994

This is a full list of members of Prime Minister John Major’s Conservative Party government, as of July 1994.


(Formed by the Rt. Hon. John Major, MP, July 1994) [Read more…]

Tony Blair’s Leadership Acceptance Speech

Tony Blair was elected leader of the UK Labour Party following the death of John Smith.


Blair went on to win the 1997 election. He was re-elected in 2001 and 2005. He relinquished the leadership to Gordon Brown in 2007.

  • Listen to Blair’s leadership acceptance speech (27m)

Text of Tony Blair’s leadership acceptance speech, July 21, 1994.


It is an honour to lead this Party. I accept it with humility, with excitement and with a profound sense of the responsibility upon me. I joined this Party through conviction, because of what I believed it would do for our country. I have not wavered in that conviction.

You have put your trust in me and I vow to you I shall repay that trust with unstinting service and dedication to our Party and our country. And I shall not rest until, once again, the destinies of our people and our Party are joined together again, in victory at the next General Election. Labour in its rightful place – in government again. [Read more…]

UK Labour Party Leadership Pamphlet 1994

This is a UK Labour Party pamphlet issued to members ahead of the 1994 election of Tony Blair as leader.

1994 UK Labour Party leadership pamphlet.


Dear Member,

I would like to invite you to cast your vote in the election for the new Labour leader and deputy leader. [Read more…]