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Speeches « Aneurin Bevan


Over the coming months we will be building an archive of Aneurin Bevan’s greatest oratory, including rare audio recordings.

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  • Weapons for squalid and trivial ends – House of Commons, December 5 1956

    The speech to which we have just listened is the last of a long succession that the right honourable gentleman, the secretary of state for foreign affairs, has made to the House in the last few months and, if I may be allowed to say so, I congratulate him upon having survived so far. He [...]

  • Resignation speech – 23 April 1951

    Mr. Speaker, it is one of the immemorial courtesies of the House of Commons that when a Minister has felt it necessary to resign his office, he is provided with an opportunity of stating his reasons to the House. These occasions are always exceedingly painful, especially to the individual concerned, because no Member ought to [...]

Quote of the day

Discontent arises from a knowledge of the possible, as contrasted with the actual.
from In Place of Fear, 1952

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