1950-1959 | Nuclear Armageddon | United States

Attlee misleads parliament over U.S. nuclear bases in the U.K.

14 December 1950 On 14 December 1950, Prime Minister Clement Attlee had just returned from a meeting in Washington, DC, with President Truman. Attlee claimed in the House of Commons that he had ‘received assurances’ which he considered to be ‘perfectly satisfactory’ over the use of American military bases in the United Kingdom.1 He had been under…