After the Dust Has Settled

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After the Dust Has Settled— the autobiography of Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis

ISBN 1-84494-013-6


Tom Ellis is well known in two fields of endeavour. In his first career in the coal industry he was the manager of two noted collieries in north Wales; in his second, as a politician, he established himself as an independent, free-thinking 'back-bencher' who refused to toe the party line when it contravened his own conscience.
Born into a family steeped in the tradition of coal-mining, he found his escape from a life underground through education, only to feel himself drawn back to the tradition of his ancestors and his village, Rhosllannerchrugog. He worked underground at Gresford, Llay Main, Bersham and Hafod collieries and achieved what might have been the pinnacle of his career, managing his own mine, on two occasions. By the late 1960s, the writing was on the wall for many of the Welsh mines and he embarked on a new life in politics.
His parliamentary career coincided with the political upheavals of the 1970s — Britain's membership of the Common market, the Industrial Relations Bill, the 1974 Miners' Strike (and the ensuing 'Three Day Week') and the infiltration of Militant Tendency into the Labour Party. After several years of battling against the dogma of the Labour Party, he was one of a handful of MPs who formed the SDP in an attempt to 'break the mould of British politics' and bring to an end the old two-party domination.
A passionate democrat and European, Tom Ellis has campaigned long and hard for electoral reform and Britain's greater involvement in the European Union.
In this much-extended edition of his autobiography (previously published in Welsh as Dan Loriau Maelor) Tom Ellis explains why his life took the course it did and gives his open and honest opinions on the important issues and personalities. For anyone with an interest in the history of the Welsh mining industry or modern British politics, this is an importnant book.

149 x 210mm, 309pp, indexed, illustrated, softback.

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