Ian Mikardo was born during the year 1908.
He was first elected to the House of Commons in the Labour landslide of 1945, and remained a MP until 1987. Mikardo was on the left wing of the Labour Party, and for most of his time in Parliament he was a member of the National Executive Committee.
His views were not always those of the party leadership, and that goes a long way into explaining why he never became a minister.
Mikardo’s criticism of Labour government policy in 1975 not only met with the disapproval of Prime Minister Harold Wilson but that of trade union leaders as well. He was asked to devise a new re-selection process for Labour MPs in 1978 but the compromise did not last long.
He died in 1993.
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