Thank you to Kevin Maguire for pointing out that Clement Attlee
is arguably the greatest Prime Minister this country has ever had (Mirror, Jan 22).
Though riven by Labour divisions, the pro-Soviet, leftbacking Stalin, Attlee
refused Halifax, backed Churchill as coalition leader and insisted on taking the fight right back to Hitler.
Her Labour-supporting mother suggested Attlee
, but her grandfather said: "It has to be Wilson, because Attlee
went along with the Cold War.
Between the 1960s and 1980s, thousands of people would flock to Attlee
Park in Bedlington where speeches by leading political and trade union figures such as Arthur Scargill, Michael Foot and John Prescott were made from the park's iconic bandstand.
She went on to say: "There is no Churchill in the Tory party to lead us, and Jeremy Corbyn is no Clem Attlee
He falls far short of the leadership that Attlee
displayed when the country pulled together to save our way of life in 1940" - Former Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd.
is a Conservative peer - who is an hereditary peer because his grandfather was a Prime Minister.
Toward the end of our discussion I asked Attlee
what was the extent of Gandhi's influence upon the British decision to leave India.
Author Helena Attlee
has written other books on Italian gardens.
Winston Churchill's quip about Labour Leader Clem Attlee
- "a modest man with much to be modest about" - said more about Churchill than about Attlee
No individual party leader, not even Attlee
, has had more than 50% vote in a General Election since before World War Two.
The record of Clement Attlee
and his government remains unsurpassed as social revolution brought about change which included nationalisation of utilities and bankrupt industry, near full employment, and the founding of the NHS which brought quality free health care to the whole population.