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Social Democrats' leader stepping down in Britain

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Coreespondents Around The World, Edited By Linda Feldmann / June 14, 1983



London

Roy Jenkins announced he was stepping down as leader of Britain's newest political party, the Social Democrats. The party made a disappointing showing in the general election last week. Mr. Jenkins made clear he wanted David Owen, a former foreign secretary and cofounder of the party, to succeed him as leader.

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Meanwhile, the Labor Party's deputy leader, Denis Healey, said he would not join the race to succeed Michael Foot as Britain's opposition leader.