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The remarkable story of James Griffiths takes us all
the way from the origins of British Labour to the origins of
devolved Wales. Ben Rees has crafted a highly-readable and
authoritative account of the life and times of one of Wales's
product of the Welsh radical political tradition, James
became a miner at 13 and was a conscientious objector
during WW1. He rose to become President of the South Wales
Miner's Federation, the MP for Llanelli for 34 years, Chairman
and then Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and the first
Secretary of State for Wales in 1964.
significant figure in Welsh and British politics, James
Minister for National Insurance in the Atlee post-war
the Family Allowance in 1946 and became Secretary of State for
the Colonies in 1950. Griffiths was also instrumental in the
establishment of the Welsh Office.
This is the first biography of James Griffiths in English.
Dr D Ben Rees is a native of Llanddewi Brefi and has been a Presbyterian Minister in South Wales and Liverpool for over 50 years. A well-known writer, lecturer and broadcaster, Dr Rees was a personal acquaintance of James Griffiths and has authored over 70 publications in Welsh and English.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Roots of the Politician