Thursday, 4 March 2010
Michael Foot 1913 - 2010
The Michael Foot Papers are held at the Labour History Archive and Study Centre in The People's History Museum in Manchester. The papers start in 1926 with a copy of his school report. The collection covers Foot's long political career until 1991. For further information go to The Archives Hub.
In 1935 Foot unsuccessfully stood for Monmouth, ten years later he became the Labour MP for Davenport, losing the seat in 1955. Foot was a devout Bevanite, supporting Nye Bevan in his 1950s battles against Gaitskill. Like Bevan, Foot was a skilled orator firmly attached to left-wing causes such as unilateralism. When Bevan died in 1960 Foot inherited his seat at Ebbw Vale (the seat was renamed Blaenau Gwent in 1983). Foot held this seat until 1992.