Aneurin Bevan

Welsh politician (1897-1960)

Aneurin "Nye" Bevan PC (15 November 1897 – 6 July 1960) was a Welsh Labour politician. He is best for leading the creation of the National Health Service (NHS) to give medical care free at point-of-need to all Britons. He first became an MP for Ebbw Vale in 1929. He served as Shadow Foreign Secretary from 1956 to 1959 and was Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1959 until his death in 1960. Under Prime Minister Clement Attlee, Bevan was Minister of Health (1945–1951) and Labour and National Service (1951).

Aneurin Bevan

Bevan in 1943
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
4 May 1959 – 6 July 1960
LeaderHugh Gaitskell
Preceded byJim Griffiths
Succeeded byGeorge Brown
Shadow Foreign Secretary
In office
22 July 1956 – 4 May 1959
LeaderHugh Gaitskell
Preceded byAlf Robens
Succeeded byDenis Healey
Minister of Labour and National Service
In office
17 January 1951 – 23 April 1951
Prime MinisterClement Attlee
Preceded byGeorge Isaacs
Succeeded byAlf Robens
Minister of Health
In office
5 August 1945 – 17 January 1951
Prime MinisterClement Attlee
Preceded byHenry Willink
Succeeded byHilary Marquand
Member of Parliament
for Ebbw Vale
In office
30 May 1929 – 6 July 1960
Preceded byEvan Davies
Succeeded byMichael Foot
Personal details
Born(1897-11-15)15 November 1897
Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died6 July 1960(1960-07-06) (aged 62)
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
Political partyLabour
Jennie Lee (m. 1934)

Bevan was born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire. He married Scottish-born fellow Labour politician Jennie Lee in 1934. He was a humanist.

On 6 July 1960, Bevan died of stomach cancer in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. He was 62.[1]

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  1. "Mr. Bevan Dies Peacefully in his Sleep". The Times. 7 July 1960. p. 12. Retrieved 28 October 2020 – via The Times Digital Archive.

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