Plan for Peace was a Labour Party election pamphlet written by Ellen Wilkinson (1891–1947). Published after 1945’s VE day, it sets out Labour’s initial programme for post-war reconstruction.
Who was Ellen Wilkinson?
Wilkinson was a politician, journalist, and women’s rights activist. Born in Manchester, she was an organiser with the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. She joined the Communist Part of Great Britain in 1920, and was later elected Labour MP for Middlesbrough East (1924–31), and MP for Jarrow (1935–47). She was the first female Labour MP elected to the House of Commons. Wilkinson served as Minister of Education from 1945 until her death in 1947. Her small stature, ginger hair, and passion, won her the nicknames ‘Red Ellen’ and ‘The Fiery Particle’.