Lord Michael Young -2002

• Lord Michael Young of Dartington who has died in January 2002 aged 86.

• Wrote the manifesto on which the Labour leader Clement Attlee won the 1945 general election and was the founder of the Open University and the Consumer’s Association.

• Tony Blair said: “Few people have made such a contribution to our society in so many different areas as Michael Young. On consumer rights, on widening access to education through the Open University, and on social entrepreneurship, he coupled radical thought with practical action.

• “And as the author of Labour’s 1945 manifesto, he was one of the guiding hands of Attlee’s great reforming government. Michael Young was without doubt a seminal figure of the centre-left over the last century. He was that rare combination – not just a great thinker but a great doer.”