July 26th 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1945 General Election result. The election itself was conducted three weeks earlier. While commentators across the globe predicted a landslide for Churchill, Labour hammered home their plans for social reform. Here is a day by day account of the final week of campaigning in what would… Continue reading 1945 at 75: The Week That Made Modern Britain
The modern era of big, open, political betting began in 1963 when Ron Pollard of Ladbrokes offered odds on the Conservative leadership contest for the ordinary punter. It was a dismal start as the 5/4 favourite Rab Butler was beaten by the 16/1 shot Alec Douglas-Home. In offering the market Pollard tapped into a long,… Continue reading The Political Punt: Will Corbyn or Johnson defy the Odds as Attlee, Thatcher and Blair did?
There were just 79 days between Germany's surrender and Attlee’s arrival at 10 Downing Street. Labour shocked the world by ousting Churchill, and had a manifesto to radically alter British working life. For the first time in the party’s history, they had a majority to do it. Yet the 1945 election almost never happened. And when… Continue reading Britain Is A Socialist Country: How Labour Won The 1945 Election
In the aftermath of the Second World War, Britain showed the world that a universal health care system was possible. Here is how Nye Bevan’s vision came to fruition and how the National Health Service Act was guided through parliament. On the 5th July 1948, a young girl was admitted to Park Hospital in Manchester, to be… Continue reading New Jerusalem: How Labour Built the NHS
It's 70 years since Nye Bevan claimed the Tories were 'lower than vermin'. The speech took on a life of its own; to some it cost Labour two million votes at a general election, blighted his career and ruined the growing political consensus. But to the current Labour activists his words resonate more than ever. … Continue reading Lower Than Vermin: The Story Of Bevan’s Quote That Lives On