Having so cleverly inspired and led the British people through six years of war, Winston Churchill’s political judgement seemed to desert him during his campaign for re-election in 1945. His unfortunate speech during which he invoked the threat of a potential Gestapo in terms of Labour’s democratic socialism was seen as a defining moment.
Labour went on to win in a landslide, on their Welfare State manifesto, one crucial part of which was the welfare of service men and women, many of whom Labour contended had been abandoned after World War One.
“…The gallant men and women in the Fighting Services, in the Merchant Marine, Home Guard and Civil Defence, in the factories and in the bombed areas - they deserve and must be assured a happier future than faced so many of them after the last war. Labour regards their welfare as a sacred trust…”
Labour held office for six years, until Winston Churchill led the Tories back into government in 1951.