I knew him [at Oxford] when I was a Liberal [and Lewis] played a part in converting me to socialism." Foot joined the Labour Party and first stood for parliament, aged 22 at the 1935 general election, where he contested Monmouth.During the election, Foot criticised the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, for seeking rearmament.(Bevan is supposed to have told Beaverbrook on the phone: "I've got a young bloody knight-errant here. Have a look at him.") At the outbreak of the Second World War, Foot volunteered for military service, but was rejected because of his chronic asthma.
Foot fought the Plymouth Devonport constituency in the 1945 general election.During the war, Foot made a speech that was later featured in the documentary TV series The World at War broadcast in February 1974.Foot was speaking in defence of the Daily Mirror, which had criticised the conduct of the war by the Churchill Government.(23 July 1913 – 3 March 2010) was a British Labour Party politician and man of letters.Foot began his career as a journalist, becoming editor of Tribune on several occasions, and the Evening Standard newspaper at the age of just 28.