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Clement Attlee

CLEMENT ATTLEE d1967. British Labour Party politician who was Prime Minister of the UK from 1945-51. He was the Leader of The Labour Party from 1935 to 1955. In 1940, he took Labour into the wartime coalition government and served under Winston Churchill, becoming in 1942 the first person to hold the office of Deputy PM of the UK. He went on to lead the Labour Party to an unexpected landslide victory at the 1945 General Election ; forming the first Labour majority government and a mandate to implement its postwar reforms. The 12% national swing from the Conservatives to Labour was unprecedented at that time and remains the largest ever achieved by any party at a general election in British electoral history. He was re-elected with a narrow majority at the 1950 General Election. In the following year, he called a snap general election, hoping to increase his parliamentary majority. However, he was narrowly defeated by the Conservatives under the leadership of Winston Churchill, despite winning the most votes of any political party in any general election in British political history until the Conservative Party's fourth consecutive victory in 1992. He died aged 84 on October 8th 1967. He remains the longest-ever serving Leader of the Labour Party

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Clement Attlee

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An original typed letter dated October 20th 1954 on House of Commons headed paper, clearly signed in ink by Clement Attlee

Certification:

From an extensive collection of letters from notable political figures of the 1940-50s written by them to Studley Mason who was the Parliamentary Lobby Correspondent for the Times Newspaper from 1935-1956. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

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24x19cm Sized Letter

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