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HAROLD WILSON

BEN PIMLOTT    Book Number: 81907    Product format: Paperback

Universally hailed as one of the greatest political biographies ever written, this massive work describes and assesses the enigma that was Harold Wilson, the man who won four elections for the Labour Party. Growing up in Huddersfield, his formative influences were the Boy Scouts, cross country running and the Congregational Church. Following a brilliant economics degree and employment as a research assistant to the political theorist Sir William Beveridge, Wilson stood for election in the 1945 election that swept Labour to victory. Promoted by Attlee and supported by the Chancellor Sir Stafford Cripps, he quickly entered the Cabinet as President of the Board of Trade. Wilson?s lifelong marriage to the poet Mary Wilson came under strain as he increasingly brought work home, but even his close friends were unsure whether he really was having an affair with his secretary, Lady Falkender, as the tabloids rumoured. Pimlott is certain that the centre-left Wilson had no leanings towards Communism, another persistent rumour. In 1959 following Gaitskell's threat to sack him as Shadow Chancellor Wilson emerged as a potential leader, and seized his chance in 1963 following Gaitskell's unexpected death. When he triumphed he was generous to the Gaitskellite party, presiding over a shadow cabinet with diverse views. Unemployment was huge and the PM Macmillan was tired. The labour victory of 1964, making Wilson at 48 the youngest PM of the century, was the start of a political decade dominated by Wilson. 811pp, paperback.

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