Hugh Gaitskell

Hugh Gaitskell

Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Death 18 Jan 1963 (aged 56)
Fitzrovia, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 5394 · View Source
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British Labour Party Leader. He was elected to Parliament in 1945 and held office as Minister of Fuel and Power, then joined the Cabinet as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Needing to increase military spending in 1951, he imposed National Health Service charges on dentures and spectacles. He won bitter leadership battles to become the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition in 1955. In 1956 he opposed the government's use of military force at Suez. He led Labour to its third successive defeat at the 1959 general election. In the late 1950s, against opposition from the major trade unions, he attempted but failed to remove a clause of the Labour Party Constitution, which committed Labour to nationalization of all the means of production. He emphasized the ethical goals of liberty, social welfare and above all equality, and argued that they could be achieved by fiscal and social policies within a mixed economy. He reversed an attempt to adopt unilateral nuclear disarmament as Labour Party policy, and opposed the Prime Minister’s attempt to lead the UK into the European Common Market.

Bio by: Pete Mohney

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Hugh Todd Naylor Gaitskell
Leader of the Labour Party
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Dora Gaitskell 1901-1989


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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hugh Gaitskell (9 Apr 1906–18 Jan 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5394, citing St John-at-Hampstead Churchyard, Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .