1960s research – politics at the time

In This blog post I will be researching what the politics was like in the 1960s, primarily who was in power at the time and what policies they had and put in place. I will also be talking about how this effected the Krays and there influence in East London. I will also make sure to include the runs-ins with the Krays had with famous politicians. This is a list of Prime minsters at the time of the 1960s.

Harold Macmillan (Conservative) 1957–1963
Sir Alec Frederick Douglas-Home (Conservative) 1963–1964
Harold Wilson (Labour) 1964-1970

The 1960s mainly consisted of many protests against what was going on in the world, this was mainly due to the cold war going on at the time. For example the campaign for nuclear disarmament (CND) was big in the 1960s with protests in the UK and USA trying to get rid of nuclear weapons. There was also protests against the Vietnam war in the late 1960s, people saying it was a pointless war. Actors like Paul Newman were activities against the Vietnam for taking place. Women also campaigned for equal pay in the 1960s.

There was also big changes to law that were made in the 1960s. For example homosexuality being legalised for over 21s in 1967 in the UK.  This was obviously good for the Krays due to one of them being gay. The voting age was also changed from 21 to 18 in 1969. The contraception pill was also created and made in 1961.

The fear of Cold War was also high due to the Cuban Missile crisis happening in 1962, coming close to world war 3. This also carried though the whole decade and escalated tensions with the Vietnam War starting in 1969. Harold Wilson the prime minster had a thought process of “White Heat of Technology.” Saying the UK should focus on new modern technology and industries.



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