'We’re Internationalists, not Nationalists’: the political ramifications of Welsh Labour’s internal power struggle over the ‘One Wales’ coalition in 2007

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The bitter arguments within the Labour Party in Wales in 2007 preceding its agreement to enter coalition with Plaid Cymru in the National Assembly have faced little substantive analysis, and the specific behind-closed-doors debates at the special conference held to vote on the deal have remained undisclosed. This paper fulfils both tasks, revealing how actors’ arguments tapped into historically resonant traditions in Welsh Labour thought, coalescing around a central ideological conflict over the party’s identity vis-à-vis nationalism. The article thus sheds light upon Welsh Labour’s internal power struggles at an important juncture in its recent history and their continuing ramifications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-302
Number of pages23
JournalContemporary British History
Issue number2
Early online date22 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • Welsh Labour
  • Welsh Politics
  • Labour Party
  • Devolution
  • One Wales
  • Welsh nationalism
  • nationalism

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