The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Gaitskell, Hugh Todd Naylor (1906–1963)

  • M. Anyadike-Danes
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Hugh Gaitskell was born in 1906 in London and educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford. The General Strike, which occurred mid-way through his undergraduate studies, led to Gaitskell’s first active involvement in politics when he assisted local supporters of the Trade Union Council: this experience, and the aftermath of the Strike, began his life-long commitment to the labour movement. Having graduated in 1927 with first class honours in ‘Modern Greats’ (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) his first job was as Workers’ Educational Association lecturer at University College, Nottingham, but after only a year’s teaching there he was offered, and accepted, a post as lecturer in economics in the Department of Political Economy at University College, London. The move south did not, however, stem from any desire to pursue a more conventional university career, as he wrote to his mother from Nottingham in the spring of 1928:

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