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Labour's lost grassroots : The rise and fall of party membership. / Pemberton, HR; Wickham-Jones, M.

In: British Politics, Vol. 8, No. 2, 05.2013, p. 181-206.

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Pemberton, HR; Wickham-Jones, M / Labour's lost grassroots : The rise and fall of party membership.

In: British Politics, Vol. 8, No. 2, 05.2013, p. 181-206.

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