James Ramsay MacDonald (1866-1937, nearest microphone) attending the Corporate Wholesale Society luncheon in the Connaught Rooms. He was a leading member of the Independent Labour Party (1893-1930) and was secretary (1900-1911) and leader of the Labour Party (1911-1914, 1922-1931). From January to November 1924 he was prime minister and foreign secretary of the first Labour government. The election of 1924 put him out of office; that of 1929 put him in again. Photograph by Leslie Cardew.
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