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Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

13 of 96 portraits of Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth, by Bassano Ltd, 1930 - NPG x83802 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 1930
Purchased, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x83802


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This carefully staged photograph of Morrison working diligently as a government official was made while he was in office as Minister of Transport. Poised to push through his highly anticipated Transport Bill, he radically proposed to create a public corporation in the form of a London Transport Board. Disaster struck when he was forced out of power by the failure of Ramsay MacDonald's government in 1931 and the emergency institution of a National Government, in which Morrison declined to participate. Instead, he returned to the London County Council, gaining wide acclaim as its first Labour Leader from 1934-40.