Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, CH, PC, FRS (3 January 1883 – 8 October 1967) was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951 and the Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955. Attlee was the first person to hold the office of Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, serving under Winston Churchill in the wartime coalition government, before going on to lead the Labour Party to a landslide election victory in 1945 and a narrow victory in 1950. He became the first Labour Prime Minister ever to serve a full five-year term, as well as the first to command a Labour majority in Parliament, and remains the longest-ever serving Leader of the Labour Party.

First elected to Parliament in 1922 as the MP for Limehouse, Attlee rose quickly to become a minister in the minority government led by Ramsay MacDonald in 1924. In 1931, after Labour suffered a heavy election defeat, he was elected its Deputy Leader. Four years later, he became the Leader of the Labour Party after the resignation of George Lansbury. At first advocating pacificism and appeasement, he later reversed his position and by 1938 became a strong critic of Neville Chamberlain’s attempts to appease Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. He subsequently took Labour into the Churchill war ministry in 1940. Initially serving as Lord Privy Seal, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister two years later. With the end of the Second World War in Europe in May 1945, the coalition government was dissolved and Attlee led Labour to win a huge majority in the ensuing general election two months later.


The government he led built the post-war consensus, based upon the assumption that full employment would be maintained by Keynesian policies and that a greatly enlarged system of social services would be created – aspirations that had been outlined in the wartime Beveridge Report. Within this context, his government undertook the nationalisation of public utilities and major industries, as well as the creation of the National Health Service. After initial Conservative opposition to Keynesian fiscal policy, this settlement was broadly accepted by all parties for over three decades until Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979. His government also presided over the decolonisation of a large part of the British Empire, granting British India, Burma, and Ceylon independence, as well as ending the British Mandates of Palestine and Jordan. He strongly supported the Cold War against Soviet Communism. When the budgetary crisis forced Britain out of Greece in 1947 he called on Washington to counter the Soviet Union with the Truman Doctrine. He avidly supported theMarshall Plan to rebuild Western Europe with American money, and the NATO military alliance against the Soviet bloc. He sent British troops to fight in the Malayan Emergency in 1948. After leading Labour to a narrow victory in 1950, he sent British troops to fight in the Korean War. Attlee was narrowly defeated by Churchill in 1951; he retired as Labour leader after losing the 1955 General Election and was elevated to the House of Lords.

In public, Attlee appeared modest and unassuming; he was ineffective at public relations and lacked charisma. His strengths emerged behind the scenes, especially in committees where his depth of knowledge, quiet demeanour, objectivity and pragmatism proved decisive. He saw himself as spokesman on behalf of his entire party, and successfully kept its multiple factions in harness. His reputation among scholars in recent decades has been much higher than during his years as Prime Minister, thanks to his role in forging the welfare state and opposing Stalin in the Cold War.[1] In 2004 he was voted the greatest British Prime Minister of the 20th Century by a poll of 139 academics organised by Ipsos MORI.



  1. Pingback: Yeezy 350
  2. Pingback: born simon loafer
  3. Pingback: Yeezy 350
  4. Pingback: Yeezy Shoes
  5. Pingback: Yeezy Boost 350
  6. Pingback: Nike Outlet
  7. Pingback: Pandora Jewelry
  8. Pingback: Nike Plus
  9. Pingback: Cheap NFL Jerseys
  10. Pingback: pandora bracelets
  11. Pingback: Nike Pegasus 35
  12. Pingback: Yeezy Boost 700
  13. Pingback: Pandora
  14. Pingback: Jordan 12 Gym Red
  15. Pingback: Cowboys Jerseys
  16. Pingback: Nike Outlet store
  17. Pingback: Nike Outlet Online
  18. Pingback: NFL Jerseys Outlet
  19. Pingback: NFL Jerseys
  20. Pingback: Yeezy
  21. Pingback: jordan 33
  22. Pingback: Air Max 2019
  23. Pingback: Pandora Rings
  24. Pingback: Yeezy
  25. Pingback: Cheap NBA Jerseys
  26. Pingback: Nike Air VaporMax
  27. Pingback: reebok shoes sale
  28. Pingback: roger vivier pumps
  29. Pingback: cheap parajumpers
  30. Pingback: moschino online
  31. Pingback: cheap emu
  32. Pingback: ugg coupon code
  33. Pingback: nike outlet online
  34. Pingback: fitflop sale
  35. Pingback: adidas online shop
  36. Pingback: barbour outlet
  37. Pingback: tour du mont blanc
  38. Pingback: michael kors jobs
  39. Pingback: Pierre Hardy sale
  40. Pingback: oakley warranty
  41. Pingback: prada outlet store
  42. Pingback: arcteryx ca 34438
  43. Pingback: marmot shop online
  44. Pingback: cheap Lafuma
  45. Pingback: cheap reebok
  46. Pingback: cheap Millet sale
  47. Pingback: patagonia snap t
  48. Pingback: belstaff for sale
  49. Pingback: arcteryx military
  50. Pingback: Henri Lloyd outlet
  51. Pingback: asics outlet
  52. Pingback: puma Outlet Online
  53. Pingback: parajumpers shop
  54. Pingback: cheap puma shoes
  55. Pingback: asics shoes online
  56. Pingback: asics shoes sale
  57. Pingback: Cheap puma Outlet
  58. Pingback: oakley store
  59. Pingback: ecco shoes sale
  60. Pingback: toms shoes shop
  61. Pingback: monte blanc
  62. Pingback: Cheap puma Sale
  63. Pingback: cheap reebok
  64. Pingback: buy LK Bennett
  65. Pingback: discount marmot
  66. Pingback: discount moncler
  67. Pingback: buy keen shoes
  68. Pingback: arcteryx pants
  69. Pingback: barbour for cheap
  70. Pingback: new balance 80 off
  71. Pingback: arcteryx beta lt
  72. Pingback: hermes store
  73. Pingback: buy Rene Caovilla
  74. Pingback: emu boots store
  75. Pingback: mammut on sale
  76. Pingback: nike outlet okc
  77. Pingback: balmain store
  78. Pingback: monte blanc
  79. Pingback: hermes on sale
  80. Pingback: puma 90% Off
  81. Pingback: asics 90 off
  82. Pingback: Best puma Outlet
  83. Pingback: Cheap asics Outlet
  84. Pingback: adidas 80 off
  85. Pingback: millet聽korea
  86. Pingback: pjs down jacket
  87. Pingback: emu boots ireland
  88. Pingback: berghaus uk
  89. Pingback: fitflop sale
  90. Pingback: vs pink outlet
  91. Pingback: cheap cole haan
  92. Pingback: vibram sale
  93. Pingback: cheap ugg boots
  94. Pingback: LK Bennett store
  95. Pingback: Arcteryx Sale
  96. Pingback: LK Bennett store
  97. Pingback: michael kors watch
  98. Pingback: merrell for sale
  99. Pingback: parajumpers jacka
  100. Pingback: lancel bags prices

Leave a Reply