Jim: The Life and Work of James Griffiths

Jim: The Life and Work of James Griffiths

By: D. Ben Rees (author)Paperback

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A product of the Welsh radical political tradition, James Griffiths became a miner at 13 and was a conscientious objector during WW1. He rose to become President of the South Wales Miner's Federation, the MP for Llanelli for 34 years, Chairman and then Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and the first Secretary of State for Wales in 1964. A significant figure in Welsh and British politics, James Griffiths, as Minister for National Insurance in the Atlee post-war government, introduced the Family Allowance in 1946 and became Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1950. Griffiths was also instrumental in the establishment of the Welsh Office.

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Dr D Ben Rees is a native of Llanddewi Brefi and has been a Presbyterian Minister in South Wales and Liverpool for over 50 years. A well-known writer, lecturer and broadcaster, Dr Rees has authored over 70 publications in Welsh and English and was a personal acquaintance of James Griffiths.


Introduction by Huw Edwards 1 The Roots of the Politician 2 Life at the Coalface 3 A Religious Revival and Political Conversion 4 Pioneering in the name of Labour 5 War and Marriage 6 College Days 7 Labour Party Agent 8 Miners' Agent and Miners' Leader 9 The new MP for Llanelli (1936-1939) 10 An MP in the Perilous Second World War 11 Labour's Success in Wales 12 One of the Architects of the Welfare State 13 The Colonies 14 Reconciler and Socialist Revisionist 15 Deputy Leader of the Labour Party 16 The Years of the Stormy Petrel (1959-1964) 17 The First Secretary of State for Wales 18 Farewell to the House of Commons 19 Peace Mission to Biafra and Nigeria 20 End of the pilgrimage 21 An appraisal of the Politician

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/06/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781860571206
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781860571206
  • weight: 368
  • ISBN10: 1860571204

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