Clement Attlee

Born to a middle class family in London, Clement Attlee studied at Oxford Faculty, and then taught as a lawyer. He went on to handle Haileybury House, a charitable youth organisation in Limehouse, East London. This experience clearly had a deep impact on Attlee, whose political perspectives were formed by the poverty he witnessed in London’s East End, and in 1908, the Independent Labour Party was joined by him. Upon the start of the very first World War, he put on for a Commission and served as a Captain. The reputation of his as a highly effective, efficient leader gained him the rank of Major, a name which would remain with him beyond the military life of his.

On going back from the war, Attlee moved into politics, getting Mayor of Stepney in 1919 and MP for Limehouse in 1922. He continued to move up the ranks within the Labour Party, and was elected the leader in 1935, using the resignation of George Lansbury. During the next World War, he was called into Winston Churchill’s coalition government, obviously having the name of Deputy Prime Minister from 1942 to 1945. When a general election was organized at the peak of the battle in Europe, Attlee led the Labour Party to an amazing landslide victory, winning 393 seats to the Conservative’s 213, along with forty eight percent of the public vote.

The period of his as Prime Minister was among extreme activity. The notoriously blunt, fairly quiet male was nonetheless extremely great at fast, decisive action. Although when the Prime Minister had let his Cabinet voice the opinions of theirs, he’d quickly make decisions with military precision, the leadership style of his was apparently collective. As a result, nearly all of Labour ‘s manifesto pledges have been implemented under Attlee. Regardless of the Second World War leaving Britain successfully bankrupt, he managed the development of the National Health Service, as part of the Welfare State which desired to provide’ cradle to the grave’ care of British people. Moreover, a lot of Britain’s largest industries – including the railways, electricity, and coal mining – have been brought under state management, despite recurring currency crises and shortages of resources and food so severe that rationing must be taken care of long after the battle.

Attlee’s time as Prime Minister also discovered intensive foreign policy actions. He placed excellent confidence in Ernest Bevin, the Foreign Secretary of his, and together they oversaw Indian independence, American loans and’ Marshall Aid’ because of the rebuilding of Western Europe and Britain, the Berlin airlift and Britain’s resolve for the United Nations.

In the 1950 General Election Labour lost the majority of it, and also by the time of the defeat in the general election of 1951, the Labour authorities had worked itself to near exhaustion. Attlee, nonetheless, carried on to direct the Labour party until 1955, and died in 1967, aged eighty four.

Of all time, more than a single survey of academics has voted Attlee the best British Prime Minister.