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Aneurin Bevan: Then and Now
From his election to Parliament at the age of 31 until his early death at the age of 62, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan was the one of the most significant figures of the Labour Party in the middle of the twentieth century.
A vehement opponent of Chamberlain and Churchill in the 1930s, the Minister for Health who after 1945 spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service, the leader of the left in opposition in the 1950s, who then dismayed his supporters by opposing unilateralism, and finally Deputy Leader of the Labour Party for just a year, Bevan has left a career and legacy that has echoed down the years.
As the first full-life biography of Bevan for over two decades is published, we look back on his life, and examine its relevance to politics today.
We are delighted to be joined by:
- Owen Smith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales since 2012 and Labour MP for Pontypridd since 2010. He was Shadow Health Minister 2010-11 and Shadow Exchequer Secretary 2011-12. A BBC producer 1992–2002, he was also previously Special Adviser to Paul Murphy at the Wales Office and the Northern Ireland Office and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry.
- Nick Thomas-Symonds, author of Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan (published in 2014 by IB Tauris) and of Attlee: A Life in Politics (IB Tauris, 2010). A barrister, he is lecturer in politics at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is the Secretary of Torfaen CLP.
Date: 7.00pm, Tuesday 20th January 2015 (please allow at least 15 minutes to get through security)
Venue: Committee Room 4, House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW (use St Stephen’s entrance)
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Labour History Group
Founded in 2002 as a forum for the discussion and debate of issues and personalities in Labour history, the Labour History Group organises regular events.