Michael Foot (1913-2010) was first elected to Parliament in 1945 as Labour MP for Plymouth Devonport, a seat he held until 1955. From 1960-92 he was the member for Ebbw Vale, renamed Blaenau Gwent in 1983. He was made Secretary of State for Employment 1974-76 by Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson and then served as Leader of the House of Commons 1976-79 under James Callaghan’s Government. Foot became Leader of the Opposition in 1980, standing down after the 1983 General Election to allow Neil Kinnock to become Party Leader.
Alongside his political career Foot also worked as a journalist and writer. He variously edited the Evening Standard and Tribune and was the political columnist for the Daily Herald for 20 years from 1944. His publications included biographies of Aneurin Bevan and H G Wells.
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