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 (ăt′lē), Clement Richard 1883-1967.
British politician who as prime minister (1945-1951) formed the Labor government that established the National Health Service, expanded public ownership of industry, and granted independence to India (1947) and Burma (1948).
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(Biography) Clement Richard, 1st Earl Attlee. 1883–1967, British statesman; prime minister (1945–51); leader of the Labour party (1935–55). His government instituted the welfare state, with extensive nationalization
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Clement (Richard), 1883–1967, British prime minister 1945–51.
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The release of Government records in the seventies and eighties revealed Clem Attlee to be the most effective conductor of public business to hold the premiership in this country.
The release of government records in the Seventies and Eighties revealed Clement Attlee to be the most effective conductor of public business to hold the premiership in this country.
When in 1945, Winston Churchill proposed a similar plebiscite on the extension of the wartime coalition, his then deputy, Clement Attlee, incidentally, described referendums as "a device of dictators and demagogues", replied: "I could not consent to the introduction into our national life of a device so alien to all our traditions."
"We are encouraged with the company's continued progress," said Chief Executive Tim Attlee.
WASHINGTON -- In June 1947, the then British prime minister, Clement Attlee, told the US ambassador to London that he believed Bengal would opt to be an independent state instead of joining either India or Pakistan.
The issue of violence or non violence is sharply highlighted in the Attlee family.
"Clement Attlee would be delighted we can help the most vulnerable people who really need free medical help, but horrified by some of the abuse the NHS has had - little things like people not turning up for appointments and just not bothering" - Jo Roundell Greene, granddaughter of Attlee, under whose administration the NHS was founded 70 years ago.
When Clement Attlee was deputy to Winston Churchill during the Second World War he was just as exercised about what happened after the war as he was about winning it.
Also, at the Potsdam Conference, July 17 to August 2, 1945, Truman worked mostly with Clement Attlee, not Winston Churchill.
#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.