Labour Party Secretary

Born in 1902 to a South Wales mining family Morgan Phillips worked his way up within the Labour Party to become General Secretary in 1944. Nine months after he took office the Labour Party trounced Winston Churchill's Conservatives and formed its first ever majority government. 

This autobiography, previously unpublished, details Morgan's early political career and the steps that led him to the highest non-elected position in the Party. Renowned for his exceptional abilities as an organiser he boosted Labour's individual membership to one million. He also proved a skilful negotiator in his dealings with Nye Bevan, Herbert Morrison, Harold Laski and other dominant personalities. 

In 1959 a heavy defeat in the General Election came close to destroying the Labour Party. In the void created by the death of Nye Bevan, Morgan Phillips rallied the Party with proposals both practical and steeped in democratic socialism, only for a severe stroke in August 1960 to terminate his political career. Labour won the ensuing General Election but the man who had paved the way for victory did not live to see it.

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Socialist International

In this posthumous and previously unpublished account Morgan Phillips, the Secretary of the British Labour Party from 1944 to 1962, describes the birth of the Socialist International. As the Nazi forces retreated in the closing months of the Second World War, democratic socialists from all over Europe gathered in London to plan for a future of peace, prosperity and freedom. 

Hopes for a pan-European movement soon vanished as the Soviet Union eliminated the social democratic parties in the countries under its control. Morgan Phillips recounts his visits to many of these groups before the Iron Curtain fell. It became all the more urgent for the left-wing parties of free Europe to come together and in 1951 the Socialist International was founded with Morgan Phillips as its first Chairman. 

This book details the birth of the organisation and explains its original purposes. In his dual role as Chairman of the Socialist International and Secretary of the British Labour Party Morgan Phillips travelled widely, meeting amongst others Khrushchev, Chou-en-lai and Tito. With his deep conviction that there was more than one road to socialism Morgan urged the rulers in the Communist bloc to respect the rights of democratic socialists in their countries. He also campaigned for the release of political prisoners like Anna Kethly of Hungary.

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Baroness Phillips of Fulham - a Memoir

Baroness Phillips of Fulham, whose warm, common sense opinions were familiar to millions of radio listeners in the UK, died in 1992. Her planned autobiography was never completed despite hours of taped interviews to facilitate this. Her son has now collated and edited the best of this material. 
Initially known as the wife of Morgan Phillips the Labour Party Secretary, Norah Phillips made her mark by organising non-political women's clubs, particularly on new post-war housing estates. 

After her husband's death in 1963 she became a Life Peer and Prime Minister Harold Wilson appointed her to speak for the Government in the House of Lords. This made her the first ever Baroness in Waiting. Wilson's successor Jim Callaghan went further, choosing her to be Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on many official engagements. This book records some delightful anecdotes involving the Royal Family, particularly Prince Philip. 

Baroness Phillips also records the organisations that she spearheaded and the many causes that she championed. Her final chapter, on notable people in her life, has the apt title 'Just Like You and Me'. Norah Phillips was always proud of her roots in working class Fulham.

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