Douglas Jay was born in Woolwich, Kent on 23 March 1907, into a middle-class family, the son of a Conservative London County Councillor. He died in London on 6 March 1996. He was educated at Winchester (with other future Labour luminaries such as Hugh gaitskell and Richard Crossman), and then at New College, Oxford, before becoming a financial journalist in the 1930s, working for The Times, The Economist and the Labour newspaper, the Daily Herald. Influenced by his tutor, Lionel robbins, and by the economic writings of Gaitskell, he joined the New Fabian Research Bureau and Nicholas Davenport's XYZ club of Labour-sympathising economists in the City. His book The Socialist Case (1937) was an important step in helping the Labour party to accept a Keynesian analysis into its socialist programme, though Jay himself pointed out that his ideas were developed independently of keynes’s General Theory. After a wartime career as a civil servant, Jay was elected Labour MP for Battersea North in 1946; he continued to represent the seat until 1983.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.