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Abse, Leopold [Leo] (1917–2008), politician, was born at 5 Clare Street, Cardiff, on 22 April 1917, the second of three sons and third of four children of Rudolph Abse (1887–1964), a cinema manager then serving as a private in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and his wife, ...

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Leopold Abse (1917–2008) by Godfrey Argent, 1967 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnett, Joel, Baron Barnett (1923–2014), politician and accountant, was born on 14 October 1923 at 3 Barker Street, Cheetham, Manchester, the only son of Louis Barnett (1892–1964), a tailor and later manufacturer of mantles and costumes, and his wife, Ettie, née...

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Belisha, (Isaac) Leslie Hore-, Baron Hore-Belisha (1893–1957), politician, was born in London on 7 September 1893, the only son of Jacob Isaac Belisha (d. 1894), an insurance company manager, and his wife, Elizabeth Miriam (d. 1936), daughter of John Leslie Miers...

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(Isaac) Leslie Hore- Belisha, Baron Hore-Belisha (1893–1957) by Howard Coster, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Birk [née Wilson], Alma Lillian, Baroness Birk (1917–1996), politician and journalist, was born on 22 September 1917 at 10 Belgrave Place, Brighton, the daughter of Barnett Wilson (formerly Woolfson) of Stamford Hill, London, and his wife, Alice, née Tosh. Her father ran a successful greeting-card company, and she enjoyed a comfortable upbringing. She was educated at ...

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Cohen, Sir Benjamin Louis, first baronet (1844–1909), politician and Jewish communal leader, was born on 18 November 1844 at South Street, Finsbury, London, the eighth of nine surviving children of Louis Cohen (1799–1882), founder of the City firm of Louis Cohen & Sons...

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Diamond, John [Jack], Baron Diamond (1907–2004), accountant and politician, was born on 30 April 1907 at 26 Savile Drive, Leeds, the son of Solomon Diamond (d. 1939), rabbi, and his wife, Henrietta, née Beckermann. He was originally named Joseph but adopted the name ...

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Disraeli, Benjamin, earl of Beaconsfield (1804–1881), prime minister and novelist, was born on 21 December 1804 at 6 King's Road, Bedford Row, London, the eldest son and second of five children of Isaac D'Israeli (1766–1848) and his wife, Maria (1775–1847), daughter of Naphtali...

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Neville Sandelson

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Edelman, (Israel) Maurice (1911–1975), politician and novelist, was born on 2 March 1911 at Cardiff, the third of five children (two sons and three daughters, one of whom died in childhood) of Joshua Edelman and his wife, Esther Solomon, who had emigrated from ...

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(Israel) Maurice Edelman (1911–1975) by Mark Gerson, 1959 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Faith [née Book], (Irene) Sheila (1928–2014), dentist and politician, was born on 3 June 1928 at 24 Alexandra Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, the younger daughter of Isaac Book, draper, and his wife, Sarah, née Share. She was educated at the ...

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(Anna) Dora Gaitskell, Baroness Gaitskell (1901–1989) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gaitskell [née Creditor; other married name Frost], (Anna) Dora, Baroness Gaitskell (1901–1989), politician, was born on 25 April 1901 near Riga in Latvia, then part of imperial Russia, the eldest in the family of four daughters and one son of Leon Creditor...

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Goldsmid, Sir Henry Joseph [Harry] D'Avigdor-, second baronet (1909–1976), politician and bullion broker, was born at Somerhill, near Tonbridge, Kent, on 10 June 1909, the elder son (a daughter died in infancy) of Sir Osmond Elim D'Avigdor-Goldsmid, first baronet (1877–1940) (created 1934), and his wife, ...

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Harris, Sir Percy Alfred, first baronet (1876–1952), politician, was born at 197 Queen's Gate, London, on 6 March 1876, the younger son of Wolf Harris (1834–1926) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1928), daughter of David Nathan, general dealer, of Auckland, New Zealand...

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Sir Percy Alfred Harris, first baronet (1876–1952) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hart, Ezekiel (1770–1843), landowner and politician, was born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada, on 15 May 1770, one of the sons of Aaron Philip Hart (1724–1800) [see under Hart, Aaron], merchant, and his wife, Dorothy Catherine Judah (1747–1827). In 1792 he was based in ...

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Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs (1855–1948) by Walter Stoneman, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Zelman Cowen

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Isaacs, Sir Isaac Alfred (1855–1948), judge and politician, was born at Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, on 6 August 1855, the eldest of the three children of Alfred Isaacs (d. 1904), a Polish-born tailor, of Auburn, Victoria, and his wife, Rebecca (d. 1912)...