Orders of the Day — Political Parties (Accounts)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th December 1949.

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Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields 12:00 am, 15th December 1949

Everyone does, and I have even known it to happen in the case of the wards. I am not trying to conceal any of the difficulties, which I am sure we all encounter.

That is all very well, but I recollect the shock that occurred in the town where I reside when Lord Beaverbrook wrote to the Epsom Divisional Conservative Association to say that he was going to withdraw his annual subscription of £100. I gather that this was because the recently-adopted candidate had formerly been associated with my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary, when he was Minister of Labour. I am quite sure that it came as a shock to a good many people in the Epsom Division that