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In 1945, socialists formed a majority government in Britain for the first time. Anne McElvoy follows Ellen Wilkinson from the Communist Party to the Jarrow March to the cabinet.

In 1945, socialists formed a majority government in Britain for the first time. Anne follows 'Red Ellen' Wilkinson from the Communist Party to the Jarrow March to a seat in Cabinet as Secretary of State for Education.

And she traces how - at least for a short while - the three competing strands of British socialism came together to create the Welfare State, before diverging once again.

With: Laura Beers, Steve Fielding, Jon Lawrence

Producer: Phil Tinline.

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15 minutes