- Category : 1897-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (7,20,36)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Dedication 2
Welsh Labour Party politician who was the Minister for Health in the post-war Attlee government from 1945 to 1951. The son of a coal miner, Bevan was a lifelong champion of social justice and the rights of working people. He married fellow Socialist MP Jennie Lee in 1934.
He was a long-time Member of Parliament (MP), representing Ebbw Vale in southern Wales for 31 years. He was one of the chief spokesmen for the Labour party’s left wing, and of left-wing British thought generally. His most famous accomplishment came when, as Minister of Health in the post-war Attlee government, he spearheaded the establishment of the National Health Service, which was to provide medical care free at point-of-need to all Britons. He resigned when the Attlee government proposed to charge patients a fee for eyeglasses and dentures.
He died on 6 July 1960 at the age of 62.