Crosland, Anthony (1918–1977)
Born in 1918, Crosland read classics at Trinity College, Oxford (1937–40). Always a socialist, he led the undergraduate faction that opposed the Communist creed embraced by many left-wing intellectuals of that period. War service, as a paratrooper, claimed him for the next five years. Returning to Oxford, he became President of the Union, took a first class degree in politics and economics, and was appointed to a Fellowship at Trinity College. He taught economics for three years, then in 1950 began a political career as a Labour Member of Parliament.