Clement Attlee tea towel
Clement Richard Attlee (1883 - 1967), was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951 and the Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955. His administration presided over the successful transition from a wartime economy to peacetime, tackling problems of demobilisation, shortages of foreign currency and adverse deficits in trade balances and government expenditure. Further domestic policies that he brought about included the establishment of the NHS and post war Welfare State. His ministers did much to transform Britain into a more prosperous and egalitarian society during their time in office with reductions in poverty and a rise in the general economic security of the population. In 2004 he was voted the most successful British Prime Minister of the 20th century by a poll of 139 academics organised by Ipsos Mori.