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The Diaries and Letters of Lord Woolton 1940-1945$
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Michael Kandiah and Judith Rowbotham

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266847

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266847.001.0001

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Woolton after 1945

Woolton after 1945

(p.267) Afterword Woolton after 1945
The Diaries and Letters of Lord Woolton 1940-1945
Michael Kandiah, Judith Rowbotham
British Academy

This draws together the threads of Woolton’s actions immediately following the General Election of July 1945. It explores, using his Memoirs, correspondence and other sources, the factors and reasoning behind his decision to abandon his non-party status and to join the Conservative Party, and the shock of figures like Clement Attlee over that decision, given his commitment to social welfare policies, revealed particularly during his period at Reconstruction. The importance of his commitment, as a businessman, to a modern version of morally conscious capitalism is briefly discussed, and his contribution to Churchill’s post-war government is also covered in outline.

Keywords:   Party politics, Churchill, Attlee, Conservative Party, Conservative Party Chairmanship, Labour Party, Welfare state, British government, Government policymaking

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