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February 1, 1988
Britain's Social Democratic Party broke up in acrimony and discord. By a vote of 273 to 28 at a special meeting of its ruling 480-member council in the northern city of Sheffield, the bulk of the party chose to unite with their fellow opposition Liberals, while a minority faction will form a new party behind former leader David Owen. Owen opposed the merger on grounds that the two parties occupy divergent wings of centrist politics, notably over key issues such as nuclear deterrence.
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March 4, 1988
Britain's 110-year-old Liberal Party and the 7-year-old Social Democrats merged to become Britain's third-largest political party--the Social and Liberal Democrats. They will confront Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's ruling Conservative Party on the right and Neil Kinnock's socialist Labor Party on the left. The Liberals' leader, David Steel, and Social Democratic chief Robert Maclennan formally presented the new party at a London news conference.
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January 24, 1988
Britain's Liberal Party voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with the Social Democrats in a bid to consolidate the nation's disjointed center into a force that could shake the Conservative hold on government. Party delegates passed the merger amendment by a vote of 2,099 to 385 at a special convention in the west coast resort city of Blackpool. The Social Democrats hold a similar meeting this week.
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January 24, 1988
Britain's Liberal Party voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with the Social Democrats in a bid to consolidate the nation's disjointed center into a force that could shake the Conservative hold on government. Party delegates passed the merger amendment by a vote of 2,099 to 385 at a special convention in the west coast resort city of Blackpool. The Social Democrats hold a similar meeting this week.
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August 7, 1987 | TYLER MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
A bold, six-year-old gamble to change the face of British politics appeared on the verge of collapse Thursday as the small Social Democratic Party split and its co-founder, former Foreign Secretary David Owen, resigned as party leader. The split came over the issue of merging the Social Democrats with the Liberals, their partners in a loose political partnership that came to be referred to as the Alliance.
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August 7, 1987 | TYLER MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
A bold, six-year-old gamble to change the face of British politics appeared on the verge of collapse Thursday as the small Social Democratic Party split and its co-founder, former Foreign Secretary David Owen, resigned as party leader. The split came over the issue of merging the Social Democrats with the Liberals, their partners in a loose political partnership that came to be referred to as the Alliance.
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