Tele: Maida Vale 1384.
4 Aberdare Gardens,
Hampstead, London, N.W.6.
30th June, 1939.
Mr. A.E. Bottrell,
South Shirley Ward Labour Party,
412, Tile House Lane,
The organising secretary for the Spanish Medical Aid Committee, of which I am Chairman, has passed on to me your undated letter of recent postage, returning some propaganda material which they had sent out to all democratic bodies soliciting subscriptions for the cause of the Spanish Refugees from the medical point of view in the Camps in France.
He has sent on to me your letter, in which the South Shirley Ward Labour Party, as notified by you, unanimously agreed and were of the opinion that dire need and necessity lies on your doorstep, and I note you have asked him to discontinue forwarding literature to you.
I hope you will allow me, as the Chairman of the Committee, with a long record in the Labour Movement and once a Labour Member of the House of Commons, to express my astonishment that there should exist in any Labour Party in any Division in this country a group of people who should be of the opinion conveyed in your letter. It is true that there is dire need and necessity in Great Britain, but such need and necessity multiplied many thousandfold exists in many parts of the world, such as for example, in Spain during the Civil War, in Southern France among the Refugees' Camps, and in many of the British Colonies, such as the West Indies. Surely it is within the philosophy of the Labour Movement, whatever local difficulties and needs may be, to consider the sufferings and difficulties of those in other countries and in British Colonies. This need is recognised by the Trade Union and Labour Movements by their international affiliations and connections.