During the Second World War, the union movement became more directly involved in government. Union participation in government was assisted by the prominent part played by Labour politicians in Winston Churchill's wartime coalition government.
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- Milward, A.S., War, Economy and Society: 1939-1945 (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987)
- Jefferys, K., The Churchill Coalition and Wartime 1940-1945 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991)