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Clement Attlee’s progressive pilgrimage

It took a shy man with conservative instincts to reset British society in the 1940s. Labour is now crying out for another Clement Attlee

By Tristram Hunt   October 2016

A sheep in sheep's clothing: Attlee campaigning in his Limehouse constituency leading up to the July 1945 election. ©POPPERFOTO/GETTY IMAGES

Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee by John Bew (riverrun, £30)

On 3rd August 1945 at 10.45am, newly victorious Labour MPs assembled in Westminster to take their oath of allegiance. Clement Attlee, the new prime minister whose party had just won by a landslide, gave his fellow MPs three pieces…

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