Odds and quads

Clement Attlee (1883-1967) served as deputy prime minister in Winston Churchill's wartime coalition government before going on to win a spectacular victory in the general election of 1945.

April 21, 2011

He attended the count in the People's Palace in London's East End - on the site of what is now Queen Mary, University of London.

Frank Forster's life-size sculpture of "the incomparable Clem" was unveiled in Limehouse in 1988 by one of his successors as Labour prime minister, Harold Wilson. It has now been repaired and re-erected at Queen Mary's Mile End campus.

Support was provided by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, from which the statue is on long-term loan. A ceremony earlier this month was attended by former business secretary Lord Mandelson, grandson of Attlee's deputy prime minister Herbert Morrison.

Attlee's role in the creation of the NHS and the welfare state, among other achievements, led to him being voted Britain's greatest 20th-century prime minister in a poll of more than 100 academics in 2004.

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