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First Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald

Ramsay Macdonald, Labour's first prime minister, chosen by Shaun Ley.

Ramsay Macdonald, Labour's first Prime Minister, chosen by Shaun Ley.

In 1931 Ramsay MacDonald went to see the king in order to resign. George V persuaded him to stay, and a story of party betrayal began. Broadcaster Shaun Ley and journalist Anne Perkins pick though events that have a contemporary ring as the political class of the thirties struggled to cope with fast moving events. MacDonald's own story and background is remarkable too - illegitimate son, born in Lossiemouth in Scotland, he is remembered as one of the early founding fathers of the Labour party, and a man who bravely spoke out against the First World War.

The presenter is Mathew Parris, the producer in Bristol is Miles Warde.

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28 minutes


  • Tue 27 Aug 2019 16:30
  • Fri 30 Aug 2019 23:00

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