General Election – 5th July 1945

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Labour leader Clement Attlee celebrating victory on election night, 1945

Seventy one years ago today (5th July) the UK went to vote in the 1945 General Election, which resulted in an unexpected landslide for the Labour Party.

The TUC were heavily involved in the tri-partite negotiations that implemented the new Labour Government’s manifesto programme of full employment and expansion of the welfare state as recommended in the Beveridge Report. The TUC Library therefore contains an extensive collection of material related to the social policy areas of the time: unemployment; foundation of the NHS; education; expansion of National Insurance; housing policy.

Leaflet explaining the new welfare state services, produced by Wolverhampton and District Trades Council, 1949

For more information about the items shown, or anything else the TUC Library contains, get in touch.

 

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