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NELHS First Tuesday: Mike Fraser will talk about Sir Charles Trevelyan of Wallington – Northumberland’s Upper-Class Socialist MP
May 7 @ 19:00
Sir Charles Trevelyan was a controversial Northumberland politician who was involved in some of the most significant political developments of the first half of the twentieth century.
He served in the Liberal Government from 1909 until he resigned in protest against the decision to go to war. During the war he formed a pressure group to campaign for more democratic control of foreign policy and for a negotiated peace. He transferred his allegiance to the Labour Party in 1918 and was elected as MP for Newcastle Central in 1922.
Trevelyan was appointed to the first Labour Cabinet as President of the Board of Education, a post he returned to when the Labour Party formed a second Government in 1929. Following his resignation from the Government in 1931 he remained active in the Labour movement as an advocate of Socialist policies. He famously left his Northumberland estate to the National Trust and he also had an interesting personal life.
Mike will discuss all aspects of his career and will ask was he the most left-wing person ever to serve in a British government?