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Ending 'East of Suez'The British Decision to Withdraw from Malaysia and Singapore 1964-1968$
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P. L. Pham

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580361.001.0001

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From Dissent to Revolt: October 1966–April 1967

From Dissent to Revolt: October 1966–April 1967

(p.130) 5 From Dissent to Revolt: October 1966–April 1967
Ending 'East of Suez'

Phuong Pham

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 follows the course of the Wilson Government's Defence Expenditure Studies. This policy review process was much more acrimonious than before, the sharpening conflict between Britain's economic and international political interests manifesting itself in arguments between the Treasury and the defence and overseas departments. This wrangling meant that the review had reached no useful conclusion when, in February 1967, the Parliamentary Labour Party revolted against what they perceived to be the conservatism of the Government's defence policy. The revolt appeared to energise all the Party and Cabinet critics to speak out. It provoked Defence Secretary, Denis Healey, to leapfrog the second defence review with a new plan for a staged withdrawal from Malaysia and Singapore, with the intention of forestalling any further revolt. His plan was passed by Cabinet, with difficulty, in April 1967.

Keywords:   Wilson government, defence expenditure, Parliamentary Labour Party, Malaysia, Singapore

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