Masters No More Masters Clement Attlee and the ‘Revolt of the Suburbs’

Holding together working- and middle-class voters has been Labour’s historic Achilles’ heel. Can Keir Starmer do what Clement Attlee couldn’t in 1950? In April 1946, the Attorney General, Sir Hartley Shawcross, told Conservative MPs in a Commons debate, “We are the masters” and will be “for a long time to come”. Labour had just become … Continue reading Masters No More Masters Clement Attlee and the ‘Revolt of the Suburbs’

1945 at 75: The Week That Made Modern Britain

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

Lower Than Vermin: The Story Of Bevan’s Quote That Lives On

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