This is a substantial, authoritative and comprehensive biography of one of Wales's leading and most prominent twentieth century politicians.
Dr J. Graham Jones
former Head of the Welsh Political Archive
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 greatest statesmen
Huw Edwards, from the Introduction
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A product of the Welsh radical political tradition, James Griffiths 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.
A significant figure in Welsh and British politics, James Griffiths, as Minister for National Insurance in the Atlee post-war government, introduced 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.