Clement Attlee

Clement Richard Attlee, born in 1883, was a British statesman and Labour Party politician, educated at Haileybury College in Hertforshire and University College, Oxford. In 1911, at the age of 28, a youthful Clement joined the Ruskin teaching staff, before going on to join the LSE in 1913.

First elected to the House of Commons in 1922 as MP for Limehouse, he rose quickly to become a Junior Minister in 1924 and then joined the Cabinet in 1929. He became Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in 1931 and Leader from 1935 to 1955. In 1940 Clement took Labour into the wartime coalition government and served under Winston Churchill. He went on to lead the Labour Party to a landslide victory at the 1945 general election and served as Prime Minister until 1951. He remains the longest-ever serving Leader of the Labour Party. He died in 1967, aged 84.

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