Following the Labour Party victory of 1945 he became parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Labour . It was this administration that had the responsibility for demobilisation from the armed forces after the war ; this was achieved more smoothly in 1945-46 than in 1918-19 and much of this is due to Ness Edwards . He was elevated to membership of the Privy Council in 1948 . He was Postmaster General from 1950 to 1951 and was responsible for creating the greetings telegram . He opposed Gaitskell 's appointment as leader of the Labour Party in 1955 and went to the backbenches for a period although he was, during the mid-1950s , prominent in opposing the plans of the Conservative government to set up commercial television.
Throughout the years he derided the idea of Welsh nationalism and he represented the tradition of international socialism nurtured by the Central Labour College . Despite this he had a lively interest in Welsh matters and he argued keenly in favour of reforming the way these were discussed in Parliament . He was proud of the industrial and socialist traditions of south Wales and for years his books ( The industrial revolution in south Wales ( 1924 ), The history of the south Wales miners ( 1926 ) and The history of the South Wales Miners' Federation (vol. 1, 1938 ; the proofs of the second volume are in the library of Nuffield College , Oxford , but this has not been published) were the best available studies on these subjects. He d. 3 May 1968 .
John Davies, Cardiff
Published date: 2001