The Rt Hon Michael Foot was born in July 1913 in Plymouth, Devon. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Wadham College, Oxford where he was also President of the Oxford Union.
He was a Member of Parliament from 1945 to 1955 and from 1960 until 1992. He was Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1980, and later became the Leader of the Opposition from 1980 to 1983.
He was associated with the Labour Left for most of his career, and he was a supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and British withdrawal from the European Economic Community. He was first promoted to Cabinet as Secretary of State for Employment under Harold Wilson in 1974, and later served as Leader of the House of Commons under James Callaghan.
His parallel career as a journalist included appointments as editor of Tribune, on several occasions, and the Evening Standard. Among the books he authored are Guilty Men, published in 1940, a biography of Jonathan Swift, The Pen and the Sword and a biography of Aneurin Bevan.
He died in March 2010.