Over the coming months we will be building an archive of Aneurin Bevan’s greatest oratory, including rare audio recordings.
Below you can find a sample speech and a sample audio recording. Please keep checking back for new material in the near future.
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.
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.
Many more speeches and memorandum by Bevan on the foundation of the NHS can be found on the website of the Socialist Health Association: