Brown, George Alfred, Baron
Born: Sep 02, 1914 AD
Died: 1985 AD, at 70 years of age.
1914 - He was born on the 2nd of September.
1932 - He worked as a fur salesman for the John Lewis Partnership, dropping his cockney accent to appeal to society customers.
1937 - Brown was appointed as a ledger clerk with the Transport and General Workers Union, moving to be District Organiser for Watford the next year.
- He ran as a moderate candidate for the Chairmanship but at the Labour Party conference in he was defeated by Ted Willis of the left, later a noted playwright and television dramatist.
1940 - Brown himself served as a temporary Civil Servant in the Ministry of Agriculture.
1945 - In the general election Brown won the seat with a majority of nearly 9,000.
- He was invited as one of a dozen 'Young Victors' to a private dinner given by Hugh Dalton on the 30th of July, who was talent-spotting and networking.
- Brown was immediately picked to be a Parliamentary Private Secretary by George Isaacs, who had followed the promoted Bevin as Minister of Labour.
1947 - He transferred to be PPS to Chancellor of the Exchequer Hugh Dalton in April, at a time when the economic situation of Britain had barely improved and the Chancellor needed the maximum political support.
1951 - Brown was appointed Minister of Works in the reshuffle - at the head of a Ministry but not in the Cabinet.
1966-1968 - He became British foreign secretary.
1971 - He published his autobiography "In My Way", which Harold Wilson said privately was where he had always found Brown.
1976 - On the 2nd of March, George-Brown announced that he was leaving the Labour Party in protest at Government legislation which strengthened the closed shop.
1981 - George-Brown was a signatory to an advert in The Guardian on the 5th of February placed by the Campaign for Social Democracy, although he did not announce his membership of the Social Democratic Party or SDP for another four years.
1985 - Lord George-Brown died after suffering a stroke on the 2nd of June, at the home in Truro which he shared with Maggie Haimes. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium in London, his ashes are buried under a rose bush in the gardens there.
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