Labour was seen by The Guardian to be "definitely socialistic" since its first constitution was published in 1918, saying that support for the " common ownership of the means of production and exchange" in Clause IV of the party's constitution , was "decisive" in making Labour a socialist party.  Blair announced at the end of his speech at the 1994 Labour Party conference that he intended to replace this clause of the party's constitution with a new statement of aims and values.  This involved the deletion of the party's stated commitment to "the common ownership of the means of production and exchange", which was widely interpreted as referring to wholesale nationalisation .   At a special conference in April 1995, the clause was replaced by a statement that the party is " democratic socialist ",    and Blair also claimed to be a "democratic socialist" himself in the same year.  However, the move away from nationalisation in the old Clause IV made many on the left wing of the Labour Party feel that Labour was moving away from traditional socialist principles of nationalisation set out in 1918, and was seen by them as part of a shift of the party towards " New Labour ".