Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, Ch, PC, FRS - Trinity College

Voted in 2004 as the greatest British Prime Minister of the 20th century (by a poll of 139 academics organised by Ipsos MORI), Attlee was first elected to Parliament in 1922 as the MP for Limehouse. He rose quickly to become a minister in the minority Government led by Ramsay MacDonald in 1924;  in 1931, he was elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. Four years later, he became the Leader of the Labour Party, then, Deputy Prime Minister under Winston Churchill in the wartime coalition Government before going on to lead the Labour Party to a landslide election victory in 1945.

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 to date the longest serving Leader of the Labour party.  His government’s aspirations that had been outlined in the wartime Beveridge Report featured the nationalisation of public utilities and major industries, as well as the creation of the world-renowned National Health Service.

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 Mandate of Palestine and the British Mandate of Jordan.  After leading Labour to a narrow victory in 1950, he was narrowly defeated by Churchill in 1951, and retired from politics in 1955.

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