The Inevitable Prime Minister

400pp 8 ILLUS 2017 LIST PRICE: £12.99 (P) B905



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Elected in a landslide in 1945, Clement Attlee was the first Labour leader to command a majority government. At the helm for twenty years, he remains the longest-serving leader in the history of the Labour Party. When his government was voted out in 1951, it left with Labour’s highest share of the vote before or since. Jago traces the life of a middle-class lawyer’s son who, appalled by the squalid living conditions in London’s East End, relentlessly pursued his ambition to create a more egalitarian society. Introducing the NHS and the cradle-to-grave Welfare State, in just six years his government changed the face of twentieth-century Britain for ever.