Ernest Bevin
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"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.

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