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Nick Thomas-Symonds is Labour MP for Torfaen and biographer of Clement Attlee and Nye Bevan.
Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds on Ernest Bevin and Labour's postwar achievements.
MP Nick Thomas-Symonds on a year of sometimes frustrating progress towards cheaper NHS drugs.
Bevan frequently attacked the Conservative-dominated “National Government” of the 1930s on its record on poverty, and in particular, its so-called “Means Test".
As is always the case with challenges such as this, it falls to Labour to make the political case for action. Because inevitably the Tories will revert back to their time honoured answer - people are on their own and can sink or swim accordingly.