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Opposite: As Minister for Health in the 1945 Labour government, Aneurin (Nye) Bevan (1897–1960) pushed through the creation of the National Health Service
Left, from top: By 1935 there were still only nine women MPs. Five of them, all Conservatives, were assembled for this photograph —Irene Ward, Telma Cazalet, the Duchess of Atholl, Mavis Tate and Florence Horsbrugh; a petition about the cost of living is delivered to an MP outside the House of Commons, around 1935