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Allen, Clifford (1889-1939)

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Title

Allen, Clifford (1889-1939)

Subject

Allen, Clifford

Description

A socialist British Politician, an Independent Labour Party leading member.

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Johnson-Flenga, Circe (created stub)

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Language

English

Type

Stub

Coverage

Newport, South Wales, UK
London, England
Switzerland

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Birth Date

1889-05-9

Birthplace

Newport, Wales, UK

Death Date

1939-03-3

Biographical Text

Clifford Allen, or 1st Baron Allen of Hurtwood, was born on May 9th 1889 in Newport, South Wales. Although his father was an avid supporter of the Conservative Party, Clifford Allen was known for his left-wing political opinions. In 1907, he attended Oxford University where he was appointed President of the Fabian Society. After university, he was manager of the first Labour Party Newspaper, known as The Daily Citizen. Allen wrote a paper in 1914, "Is Germany Right and England Wrong?" opposing Britain becoming involved in the First World War. Allen was a well known as an opposant of the war, having been imprisonned on several occasions as a "conscientious objector".
Soon after the end of the war, in 1921, he married Marjory Gill, who later on became one of the secretaries for the Worker's Birth Control Group in England. After becoming the Treasurer and the Chairman of the Labour Party in 1922, he attended the 1924 Esesex Hall meeting of the Worker's Birth Control and stated that John Wheatley's views on Birth Control shouldn't be representative of the views of the majority of the Independent Labour Party's members.
From 1925 to 1930, Clifford Allen was the director of The Daily Herald, but his term as Chairman and Tresurer of the Labour Party had ended in 1926.
Allen died in a sanatorium in Switzerland in 1939 due to his Tuberculosis.

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