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Title: Conspiracy and contemporary history : revisiting MI5 and the Wilson plot[s]
Authors: Moran, Jon
First Published: 10-Mar-2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Journal of Intelligence History, 2014, 13 (2), pp. 161-175
Abstract: This article examines the debates which have taken place again recently concerning the long-standing idea of a plot in the 1970s against the elected Labour government under Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Two television programmes in 2006 and Christopher Andrew’s 2009 official history of the UK Security Service (MI5) discussed the plot. Andrew’s history dismissed the possibility of a conspiracy out of hand. This article critiques this approach and also discusses the continuing power of ideas of right wing plotting against Wilson. The plots remain an interesting and unresolved debate in contemporary intelligence history.
DOI Link: 10.1080/16161262.2014.896112
ISSN: 1616-1262
eISSN: 2169-5601
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, Taylor & Francis. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Intelligence History on 10/04/14, available online at:
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Politics and International Relations

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