144. RELATIONS WITH SPAIN:
Mr. George Woods drew attention to the references made by the Prime Minister (Mr. Winston Churchill) to the Government's relations with Spain and General Franco.
Sir Walter Citrine submitted a letter that had been received from the Railway Clerks' Association conveying a Resolution on the same subject which had been adopted by the Executive Committee of the Association in the following terms:
"That this Executive, representative of a section of the Labour Movement, realises that when the Prime Minister speaks to Parliament he voices the opinion of the Cabinet, in which the Labour Movement has considerable representation. It therefore is disgusted when considering the Prime Minister's recent references to the Spanish Government, and urges the Executive of the Labour Party and the General Council of the TUC to widely publicise the fact that the Labour Movement divorces itself from a Government policy that seeks to placate Iberian or any other form of Fascism."
Discussion ensued in which Messrs. Woods, Lawther, Gibson, Grenfell, Attlee, Beaton, Laski, and Edwards took part and, subsequently, it was
RESOLVED: "That the Resolution from the Railway Clerks' Association be received and that the Secretaries be empowered to draft a Statement dissociating the National Council from the Prime Minister's expression of views on the Spanish Government and reaffirming the British Labour Movement's traditional support of the Spanish Labour Movement in its opposition to Fascism." (See Appendix)