Author

Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington

British politician

1915   -   2002

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
educated at: London School of Economics
occupation: politician, sociologist
award received: Albert Medal, Fellow of the British Academy
position held: Member of the House of Lords

Michael Dunlop Young, Baron Young of Dartington (9 August 1915 – 14 January 2002), was a British sociologist, social activist and politician who coined the term "meritocracy". During an active life he was instrumental in shaping Labour Party thinking. When secretary of the policy committee of the Labour Party, he was responsible for drafting "Let Us Face the Future", Labour's manifesto for the 1945 general election, was a leading protagonist on social reform, and founded or helped found a number of socially useful organisations. These include the Consumers' Association, Which? magazine, the National Consumer Council, the Open University, the National Extension College, the Open College of the Arts and Language Line, a telephone-interpreting business.
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