The Labour Government 1945–51
On 26 July 1945 the results of the General Election were announced with Labour gaining a landslide victory. Winston Churchill was stunned by his defeat, but the electorate associated him with a party which fostered class division and privilege. It was clear that the British public was of the opinion that the Labour Party was better equipped to implement the social policies which were needed to ‘win the peace for the people’. There appeared to be a mood prevalent which said that the mistakes of the post-1918 years and the mass unemployment of the thirties would not be repeated. The Labour Party Manifesto ‘Let us Face the Future’ captured this mood when it stated that ‘the nation wants food, work … and labour saving homes, … security for all against a rainy day … a great programme of modernisation … of its factories, … its schools, its social services’.
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