"Ernest Bevin" was a British statesman, trade union leader, and Labour Party (UK)/Labour politician. He co-founded and served as general secretary of the powerful Transport and General Workers' Union from 1922 to 1940, and as Secretary of State for Employment/Minister of Labour in the Coalition Government 1940-1945/war-time coalition government. He succeeded in maximizing the British labour supply, for both the armed services and domestic industrial production, with a minimum of strikes and disruption. His most important role came as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs/Foreign Secretary in the post-war Labour Party (UK)/Labour Government, 1945-51. He gained American financial support, withdrew from India and much of the Middle East, strongly opposed Communism, and aided in the creation of NATO.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous public servants! More Ernest Bevin on Wikipedia.