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Statesman. In 1922 Attlee was elected Labour MP for Limehouse, and in 1935 he became leader of the Labour Party. He served in the coalition government in 1940–1945. In the 1945 election, Labour held its first overall majority in the House of Commons. Atlee's government laid the foundations of the Welfare State and nationalised the Bank of England, transport, communications, coal, gas and electricity, and the iron and steel industries.
oil on canvas
H 79.4 x W 62.9 cm
Bequeathed by Edric William Hoyer Millar, 1967