This week in the War, 23–29 July 1945: Clement Attlee becomes prime minister of Great Britain

Clement Attlee and King George the Fifth in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, July 1945 [Public domain, wiki]

In the July general election, the British Labour Party had won its first majority in British history and, this week in the war, on 26 July 1945, Clement Attlee became the first Labour prime minister of Great Britain.

The Labour Party’s platform was based upon full employment and social reform, namely the sharing of wealth through the introduction of a welfare state.

It would also become the role of Clement Attlee to take part in the final negotiations at the Potsdam Conference.

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