Dugdale Hill Ln, Potters Bar EN6 2DU, UK
Dame Alice Owen's School where Edmund Dell studied.
High St, Oxford OX1 4AW, UK
The Queen's College where Edmund Dell studied.
(Edmund Dell examines the Attlee government's rejection of...)
Edmund Dell examines the Attlee government's rejection of the Schuman Plan for the establishment of a common market for coal and steel and reassesses Bevan's conduct as foreign secretary. The story is placed in the context of the "big questions" dominating British policy formation: security, the dollar shortage, the American attack on the sterling area, and pressure for European integration.
(Tracing the transition from the visions of the Clause Fou...)
Tracing the transition from the visions of the Clause Four socialists to the conception of a modernised social democracy in the Third Way, Dell elucidates successive attempts to adapt both socialist theory and practice. He concludes that each attempt has only created a further set of unresolvable problems and that, in the end, socialism died at the hands of its advocates, trying but failing to bring it to terms with reality.
Edmund Dell studied at Dame Alice Owen's School. Later he entered Queen's College where he studied until 1947. He graduated with first-class honors in Modern History.
Edmund Dell started his career as a lecturer in modern history at the Queen's College in 1947. Before that he served as a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery operating 6lb and 17lb anti-tank guns in the Third British Division during The Second World War. In 1949 Dell took up a post of overseas sales manager at Imperial Chemical Industries. Later he rose to Vice President of the Plastics Division. He began his political career in 1953 when he became a Member of the City Council of Manchester. He held this post for seven years.
Edmund Dell also worked as a research scientist from 1963 to 1964. In 1965 he became the first Parliamentary Private Secretary of John Diamond and in 1966 he started to work as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Technology. Dell also worked at the Department of Economic Affairs in 1967. The next year, he was promoted to Minister of State for Trade and then become the minister of state at the Department of Employment and Productivity. From 1979 to 1982 Edmund Dell held the post of chief executive at the Guinness Peat Group and also became a founder chairman of Channel 4 Television. In 1983 he became president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In addition to his political career, Dell has published numerous books on political, historical and economic topics. For example, in 1973 he published Political responsibility and industry and in 1996 The Chancellors: A History of the Chancellors of the Exchequer, 1945-90. His book, A Strange Eventful History, Democratic Socialism in Britain was published posthumously in 2000.
(Tracing the transition from the visions of the Clause Fou...)2000
(Edmund Dell examines the Attlee government's rejection of...)1995
When Edmund Dell studied at the Queen's College he became a member of the Communist Party. However, in the 1960s he became a member of Labor party and was elected to Parliament as the Labour Member of Parliament for Birkenhead in 1964.
Dell was one of the 69 rebel Labour MPs who sided with the Conservative government and voted for Britain's entry into the European Communities in 1971. He had always been much more oriented toward free-market capitalism.
In 1988 he joined the new Social Democratic Party and, after its merger with the Liberal Party in 1988, he was a member of the Liberal Democrats. He served as a trustee of both the SDP and the Liberal Democrats.
Dell was married to Susan Gottschalk for 36 years.