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By Patricia Hollis

First released in 1997, Patricia Hollis's biography of the pioneering Labour MP Jennie Lee (1904-1988) received either the Wolfson historical past Prize and the Orwell Prize. it's the definitive research of this amazing lady, her stormy political profession, and her marriage to Aneurin Bevan. In a brand new preface to this version Hollis provides insights into Lee's existence which emerged next to first ebook, and likewise attracts on her personal event as a Labour Minister from 1997-2005.

'Lee's lives and loves, passions and drives are superbly and admittedly explored in Patricia Hollis's compelling book.' THES

'Superbly researched, engrossingly written, scrupulously honest.' Gerald Kaufman, day-by-day Telegraph

'What makes it relatively attention-grabbing is the author's personal first-hand wisdom of politics and of the Labour movement.' TLS

'One of the simplest political biographies of modern years' Alan Watkins, New Statesman

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Winston was once compassionate and he understood discomfort and discomfort, yet he enable his brain live on it provided that it was once epic. 50 Churchill used to be additionally the chief of the Tories, a celebration which fought the struggle to save lots of the area of the Nineteen Thirties. Nye by no means allowed himself to put out of your mind that Churchill’s activities have been to be learn in the course of the prism of party—not simply his family coverage yet his army process in addition. Why else was once Churchill so dismissive of the decision to a moment entrance to help Russia if it was once no longer approximately instinctive Tory hostility to the USSR? Why else did he search to revive discredited monarchies in nations freed by way of the allies and the neighborhood republican movements—in Italy, Yugoslavia, and primarily, in Greece? while Nye attacked Churchill he used to be attacking ‘the Tory caucus’ that draped itself ‘in the nationwide flag’. fifty one Churchill used to be frank. He used to be not just struggling with for the survival of england, yet for the survival of conventional conservative values. Nye’s maximum anger was once directed at these like Herbert Morrison, the Labour domestic Secretary, who colluded with Churchill’s Tory prejudices—on Churchill’s directions Morrison suppressed the day-by-day employee and threatened the day-by-day reflect the place Jennie labored. Likewise, Nye came across it tough to forgive Ernie Bevin for his provocative dealing with of the miners throughout the business strife of 1943–4, and his refusal to devote both the coalition or the Labour celebration to nationalization of the mines. fifty two every time Labour’s leaders muffled right political feedback in a spirit of lost patriotism, others needs to do their activity for them. As Nye insisted, in a one-man govt, the only guy has to be held liable: ‘Better that Ministers may be embarrassed than that Parliament may still die. ’53 Nye used to be loathed. He usually went too some distance, as even Jennie confessed. Tories in the home observed him as a guy of hatreds, venom, and rancour. Down in Ebbw Vale, the place the Bevans have been royalty, the neighborhood cinema-owner wouldn't lease out his cinema to Nye for conferences. Nye used to be additionally suspect. He and Jennie learnt that considered one of their visitors at Lane finish Cottage was once a member of MI5. Nye him right into a cloakroom, subsidized him right into a nook, threatened to throttle him, obtained him to admit, advised him to ensure that his studies to his masters have been extra actual than these of the tabloids, and used to be thereafter left alone—or trailed extra discreetly. Hated and suspect although he used to be, because the struggle proceeded, he used to be additionally grudgingly revered. He entered the conflict pushed aside as a demagogic left-wing back-bencher, a cur snapping at Churchill’s heels who could be kicked into docility. Stafford Cripps, along with his towering integrity and austere independence, used to be Labour’s chief in exile, no longer Nye. but Nye ended the warfare as one of many few males who had the degree of Churchill and the mastery of Parliament. The day-by-day Mail sketch, which Jennie reproduced in My lifestyles with Nye—showing huge figures, Churchill and Bevan, muscling as much as one another around the flooring of the Commons, the remainder of the benches stuffed via males of small stature—conveyed all of it.

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