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Features | By Francis Beckett

Clement Attlee on his victorious 1945 campaign

The Labour leader praised Clement Attlee in his speech to Conference. Under a quiet exterior, the post-war Prime Minister was ruthlessly brilliant, says Francis Beckett

Everyone knows the Churchill quip about Clement Attlee – ‘A modest little man with plenty to be modest about.’

Almost no one knows Attlee’s typically terse and pronounless description of Churchill’s political style: ‘Trouble with Winston. Nails his trousers to the mast. Can’t get down.’

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