Ernest Bevin, who for months had refused to resign as Foreign Secretary, quit last week on his 70th birthday, crippled by heart disease, asthma, piles. Attlee gave him another post: Lord Privy Seal, a Cabinet position with no specific duties and with a salary of £5,000 a year. Bevin will act as an elder statesman, advise his Cabinet colleagues on foreign affairs and labor problems.

Into Bevin's job of Foreign Secretary stepped Herbert Morrison (see box), who will also continue to be Deputy Prime Minister. Another of Morrison's posts, majority leader in the House of Commons, went...

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