By Keith Layborn
This guidebook offers a whole assessment of the lives and impression of 50 significant figures in sleek British political heritage. Reflecting the adjustments inside of British society and politics over the last century, the entries chart the advance of key modern concerns resembling women's rights, immigration and the emergence of recent Labour. Figures coated comprise: * Winston Churchill * Tony Blair * Emmeline Pankhurst * David Lloyd George * Margaret Thatcher * John Maynard Keynes * Enoch Powell * Barbara fortress With cross-referenced entries and beneficial feedback for extra interpreting, this e-book is a necessary consultant for all people with an curiosity in knowing the dominating problems with glossy British politics.
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Yet Bevan was very much a political animal. He became MP for Ebbw Vale in 1929, a constituency he represented until his death in 1960. In Parliament, Bevan campaigned tirelessly in the interests of both the employed and unemployed members of the working class. He briefly supported Oswald Mosley’s New Party in 1931, because Mosley seemed to offer policies to tackle unemployment, but soon became disillusioned with Mosley’s movement especially once he supported the Anomalies Bill of 1931, which was designed to deprive married women of unemployment benefit on the grounds that they could not be ‘genuinely seeking work’.
He became an active lay preacher in the Baptist Church where he gained experience in public speaking, but was soon attracted to the Bristol Socialist Society. It was about this time that he married Florence Townley, and they had one child, Queenie, who was born in 1914. Bristol, with its outlying docks, was still an important seaport at this time and Bevin was drawn into helping organize the dockers and carters as a result of his concern for the unemployed and his work on Ramsay MacDonald’s ‘Right to Work’ Movement in 1908.
In the end, Balfour, who never won a general election, was possibly the first Conservative Prime Minister and Party Leader who was driven more by political pragmatism than by political principle. Nonetheless, he is often remembered for the Balfour Declaration and his fathering of the idea of a Jewish state in Palestine. , 1980, Balfour, London: Collins. , 1985, Balfour. Intellectual Statesman, Oxford: Oxford University Press. , 1978, A History of the Conservative Party, vol. 3, The Age of Balfour and Baldwin 1902–1940, London: Longman.