My history hero: Ernest Bevin (1881-1951)

Chosen by Alan Johnson, former Labour home secretary

Ernest Bevin

This article was first published in the March 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Ernest Bevin, trade unionist and Labour politician, co-founded the Transport & General Workers’ Union in 1922, and was its general secretary until 1940. A fierce anti-communist, he served as minister of labour (1940–45) in Churchill’s wartime coalition. As foreign secretary (1945-51) in Attlee’s postwar Labour government, he supported the creation of NATO and the development of nuclear weapons, and aligned Britain with the USA in the Cold War. He was married with one daughter.

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