MR. J. R. Clynes (Tributes)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25 October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Clement Davies Mr Clement Davies , Montgomeryshire 12:00, 25 October 1949

May I, on behalf of my colleagues in the House, pay a short but very sincere tribute to the memory of Mr. J. R. Clynes who, from his early manhood, devoted himself so loyally and so sincerely to the welfare of the State and its people? Over 44 years have passed since I first knew "Johnny" Clynes, and that was shortly before he became Member for North-East Manchester. He was then, as he always remained, shy and diffident, but that shyness did not, and could not, hide his ability, his steadfastness and his determination. Still less did it cloud or weaken the strength of his convictions. He never for one moment forgot the people among whom he was born and brought up; he devoted himself entirely to them and the amelioration of their conditions. A sincere and courageous trade unionist, a sound Parliamentarian, a trenchant critic, a wise counsellor an effective debater, he has left a fine and enviable record of public service.